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July 19, 2008

MSM tales of Iraqi cannibalism vastly overstated

The recurring theme in the MSM about rampant cannibalism in Iraq appears to have been vastly exaggerated.

Oh, wait...did I say cannibalism? Its so hard to keep their lies straight I get confused sometimes. The cannibalism thing was Katrina, Iraq was the profusion of looting at archaeological sites thing.

Dr Curtis admits that he was “very surprised” at the lack of recent looting, but stresses that the team had only been able to visit eight sites, although they are the most important in the south (an area which represents very roughly one fifth of Iraq). “It may not be typical of the country as a whole, and the situation could well be worse further north,” he warned.

When asked why the feared looting had not occurred in the southern sites, Dr Curtis offers a number of explanations: the watchtowers erected with Italian assistance in late 2003, roving police teams which supplement site guards, efforts by local antiquities staff, and the drying up of the international market for Iraqi antiquities.

H/T Tigerhawk


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