Looters ravaged a former British base Friday, a day after the camp was turned over to Iraqi troops, taking everything from doors and window frames to corrugated roofing and metal pipes, authorities said.
Men, some with their faces covered, ripped corrugated metal from roofs, carried off metal pipes and backed trucks into building entrances to load them with wooden planks.
When asked by a reporter why he was taking material from the base, one man, who refused to give his name, said: “This is war loot and we are allowed to take it.”
Civilized people cannot understand those who follow rules and lifestyles set out hundreds of years ago by barbarians struggling to survive in barbaric times, but that’s exactly who we’re dealing with in that festering sandtrap often referred to as the “cradle of civilization”. They’re barbarians, they demonstrate it daily, and you can’t just wish that away.
It’ll be generations before that trait can be unlearned, if at all.
I, for one, am not sure the world can stomach the effort it will take. I’m also not sure it’s worth the effort for those few of us willing to make the attempt.
(By the way, koranic law accepts looting as a normal part of war – they just have to give 20% to the church)