News Analysis: The damage to or removal of antiquities from a country should result in severe and swift punishment to the wrongdoers. The economic gain to the seller [thief] and satisfaction of the buyer should be much less compared to the punishment meted out after being arrested. Certainty of apprehension along with the secondary element of adequate punishment should deter all but the most foolhardy individuals.
The modern day chaos which has taken place in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, with the theft of irreplaceable antiquities is tragic. Law enforcement world wide should be on alert for dealers in such goods as well as customers who covet such items.
The “bottom line” is: The stolen antiquities are not for the seller to sell, nor for the buyer to buy.