For this week’s blog post I read an article about the impending reopening of the Iraq Museum. During the 2003 invasion by the United States many artifacts were looted from the museum during the chaos. The failure of the United State military forces to properly secure the museum and prevent the looting was a large controversy during the war. Since then there has been a massive effort to recover the looter artifacts. Most of the large artifacts have been recovered, and the museum is working to increase security. The plans are to open the museum sometime in 2014.
I thought this was an interesting article to read as it shows relates to many of the recent topics covered during class such as protecting and recovering artifacts and also because it is impacted by the actions of the United States. I don’t want to go into the reasons for the war and the ethics behind it, but I think that when a war is fought, it is our responsibility to protect artifacts and museums. Obviously the safety of soldiers is the top priority, but damaging museums and historical sites should be avoided at all costs, and after an invasion, the invading forces have a responsibility to protect and secure the artifacts in their current location. I think everyone would agree that the U.S. could and should have done a better job with that.
The Iraq museum has been able to recover many artifacts and repair much of the damage from the war. The museum is very important as it contains artifacts not just from Iraq but from ancient Mesopotamia, one of the origins of civilization. Many of the most valuable arguments are still secured in vaults, so they will not be visible when the museum reopens; however, the artifacts that will be displayed are still significant. The reopening of the Iraq museum is a big step in the recovery process from the war.
The article can be read at this link: