Los Angeles Experts on Looting of Baghdad Museum

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It contained what some call the DNA of Western Civilization, not to mention the antiquities that define national unity for the diverse people of modern Iraq. Since the 1940-s, every artifact from every archeological expedition in that country has gone into Iraqi museums. The National Museum in Baghdad held the biggest collection of all, and the Pentagon concedes it was asked to protect irreplaceable objects that could bring billions on the black market. Although last week's looting of the museum was widely predicted, US forces did nothing to stop it. Now, as the shock waves extend well beyond the worlds of art and archeology, President Bush has ordered the FBI to help find the irreplaceable treasures. We hear from three Los Angeles institutions about what the loss means-culturally and emotionally-and what they-re doing about it.
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