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Saturday
Nov022019

The Looting and Destruction of Persian/Mesopotamian Artifacts, pt. 1

To the last drop...

Winston Churchill once said: "He who controls oil will win the next war."

In the 19th century; the Victorian Era; the Industrial Age; a time when women were expected to be seen and not heard, "Angels in the house," one woman, Gertrude Bell, played an important role in the herstory of feminism.

While many women (and men) can look up to her as a bellwether of social change and women's independence, at the time she did not support the suffragettes because she felt women weren't smart enough to vote. And arguably, as most universities were closed to women, she had a point.

She was a complicated figure who appreciated, admired, and attempted to protect the Arab culture and simultaneously contributed to the problems of that region that persist today.

After WWI, Bell was a member of The 1921 Cairo Conference, or as Winston Churchill called them, "the Forty Thieves," which sought the most advantageous ways to protect and export British interests while being indifferent to the area’s history, culture, and sacrosanct beliefs.

"Analyze the idea that the US allowed museum looting while protecting the oil ministry."

Not entirely true, but there was a disregard for Mesopotamian and Persian antiquities because oil was the primary reason for being in the Middle East. Only later did collectors move in on that lucrative trade.

Check for accuracy.