A barn-raising for civilization

Doc has an absolutely outstanding idea. This one deserves to sail clean to the top of the blog indexes and all the way into the seats of power around the world. ASAP.

Quoting historian John Malcolm Russell's comment that the sacking and looting of Baghdad's museums and libraries is: "The greatest catastrophe ever to befall a cultural institution in the history of the world...", Doc urges the U.S. and British governments, and anyone else with the power to start work immediately on a variety of means to recover the stolen works.

"Let's do something sustained and positive to help the Iraqi people — and the rest of civilization — get back what's been lost."

I'll let Doc explain the rest. Read it. Smart stuff.