Rumsfeld on looting in Iraq: 'Stuff happens' --Varying views of the Bush regime on looting, compiled by Lori Price
"While no one condones looting, on the other hand, one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression." --Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, explaining why some Iraqis resorted to looting during the Iraq war, in 2003.
Rumsfeld on looting in Iraq: 'Stuff happens' 12 Apr 2003 Declaring that freedom is "untidy," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday the looting in Iraq was a result of "pent-up feelings" of oppression and that it would subside as Iraqis adjusted to life without Saddam Hussein. He also asserted the looting was not as bad as some television and newspaper reports have indicated and said there was no major crisis in Baghdad, the capital city, which lacks a central governing authority. The looting, he suggested, was "part of the price" for what the United States and Britain have called the liberation of Iraq. "Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things," Rumsfeld said. Looting, he added, was not uncommon for countries that experience significant social upheaval. "Stuff happens," Rumsfeld said.
Rumsfeld: There's nothing wrong with a bit of looting 11 Apr 2003 The United States Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, has tonight dismissed reports of mass chaos and lawlessness in Iraq as "exaggerated". "The so-called looting is not as bad as some reports have suggested," he said at a Pentagon briefing. "Yes, people are ransacking hospitals, burning down buildings and fighting each other in the streets, but it's not that bad. Stuff happens."
How and why the US encouraged looting in Iraq By Patrick Martin 15 Apr 2003 "The widespread looting in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, Kirkuk and other Iraqi cities, following the collapse of the Ba’athist regime of President Saddam Hussein, was not merely an incidental byproduct of the US military conquest of Iraq. It was deliberately encouraged and fostered by the Bush administration and the Pentagon for definite political and economic reasons."
The looting of Baghdad's museum and library --US government implicated in planned theft of Iraqi artistic treasures By Ann Talbot 19 Apr2003 "As the full extent of the looting of Iraq’s National Museum in Baghdad emerges, it becomes clear that there was nothing accidental about it. Rather it was the result of a long planned project to plunder the artistic and historical treasures that are held in the museums of Iraq... Speaking on Britain’s Channel 4 News, he told Dr. John Curtis of the British Museum that among the artifacts that have been stolen are the sacred vase of Warka, a 5,000-year-old golden vessel found at Ur, an Akkadian statue base, and an Assyrian statue. It was, said Dr. Curtis, "Like stealing the Mona Lisa."
Bush calls for a "zero tolerance" policy against looters in New Orleans (01 September 2005)
'Zero tolerance' for looting 01 Sep 2005 United States President [sic] George W Bush on Thursday vowed "zero tolerance" for looters and other profiteers from the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina and said he would send in more troops if necessary.
Looting chaos hits New Orleans relief effort 01 Sep 2005 President [sic] Bush called for a "zero tolerance" policy against looters and profiteering today as New Orleans descended into lawlessness.
Bush Promises to Restore Order in N.O. 01 Sep 2005 President Bush opened the day at the White House where he expressed unhappiness with the efforts so far to provide food and water to hurricane victims and to stop looting and lawlessness in New Orleans.
New Orleans police ordered to halt looting 31 Aug 2005 Mayor Ray Nagin ordered 1,500 police officers to leave their search-and-rescue mission Wednesday night and return to the streets to stop looting that has turned increasingly hostile as the city plunges deeper into chaos. The number of officers called off the search-and-rescue mission amounts to virtually the entire police force in New Orleans. Looters also chased down a police truck full of food.
Price is General Manager, Citizens For Legitimate Government.
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