I believe there should be an organization made specifically to protect Iraq antiquities. The organization needs to set plans to have high security for museums and archaeological sites. Middle Eastern people need to understand how important their soil is, they should become educated and taught values from the day they begin school. I know it’s hard to convince people to believe certain things, but that is why it’s important to be taught in schools or at least in some place they have common interest in.
Also, those who steal civilization’s historical artifacts should be punished. Having a reward to return something is good, but that shouldn’t be the only thing. If someone returns something, they should be interrogated, questioned how the particular piece got into their hands.
Different countries and people have different values. How is it something from another country can be more important to someone that doesn’t live within that country? I’m sure morals were lost or have faded over the generations, but I believe protecting antiquities isn’t just for the Middle East to protect. To hold on to historical artifacts, it is a job for all nations because that is where civilization began. If people don’t understand the importance of artifacts, then they don’t care about history and how the world came about. If everything is lost, then the future will have nothing to look back on. Maybe people are just hoping the world will come to an end, because they’ve had their share of pain. People facing war or anything that has a major impact on their lives are focused on how to survive, that is why people outside of the middle east should lend a hand to protect history.