Which makes you wonder why it's the antiwar types who are the most vocal in their outrage over the Pentagon's failure to guard the museum from the very instant U.S. troops entered Baghdad. I guess they don't care that protecting the museum could only have been done by risking American lives and shooting at Iraqi civilians.
Not long ago, the peaceniks were so enamored with weapons inspections that you'd think they'd love how authorities want to reclaim the stolen museum items: by increasing the border patrol -- call them "inspectors" -- and agreeing to pay off and grant amnesty to those who return stolen items.
It's not a pretty solution, but it may be the most efficient way to reclaim historic treasures that are a testament to Babylon's rich heritage.
Call it Food for Shards.
Some Iraqis already have returned artifacts. Oddly, National Museum curator Donny George, after noting that Islamic clerics were asking the faithful to turn over stolen items, lamented to the French news service Agence France Presse, "Even the imams at the mosques have felt obliged to do the work of the Americans."
The work of the Americans? It's not enough that the U.S.-led coalition defended the world against a cruel despot -- and with minimal military and civilian casualties.