Read todays Sunday Times, had to put it down, because the reports of looting of antiquities etc, made my (qv Woopert) Pi55 boil. The septics were very keen to secure the oilfields, but as regards the home of some of the rarest treasures on the planet? The museum director asked for some soldiers and an IFV to protect what is possibly , the most important building in Iraq, and was told that no one could be spared. Net result, a significant proportion of irreplaceable antiquities have gone. The hospitals are looted, everything taken by ratboys and 10 to one street corner animals. We know it's not the normal citizenry, because their protests against the lawlessness is getting worse. There are warnings, that the locals may well take up arms and then the Americans will have a real problem. You can hardly preach liberation, whilst wasting the indigenous law abiding CivPop . I note with interest, that the heir elect Chalibi, is appearing more and more in the press, with references to his less than glittering past, sanitised by the "quality press" The guy has "Big bag o' future trouble" stamped all over him (IMHO) Surrounded by his coterie of FIF "soldiers" he's already acting the part. unfortunately, he just looks and acts like a Russian Mafioso. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2943877.stm The local Iraqis, are already saying they don't want him, and they slotted the last one we tried to foist on them. if you want to know more about chalibi, just type his name in google, his list of achievments, will come up faster than you can say "Manuel Noriega" The laughable thing, was seeing the famous pictures of Saddams statue being pulled down, and a large proportion of the crowd chhering and helping do it. Unfortunately, several of the Iraqis who were the most vociferous, are also members of Chalibis inner circle, as a set of photos just published on the web reveal...... Comments?