As far as I am concerned, and I believe that I speak for many of my fellow archaeologists as well, ancient artifacts are part of our collective heritage, and so we can only hope that the new legislation and agreements will help to curtail the looting going on around the world. [...] Those outside the profession can help by not succumbing to the temptation of purchasing an ancient artifact offered in a Middle Eastern market or seen on eBay.What do you reckon, did the pirate collectors over there on the so-called 'responsible collectors forum respond with understanding of the need for restraint? Nah. They simply claim the problem is not theirs to solve, since (as always) its not 'Us' that is the problem but a stereotypical 'Them', the foreign source country nig-nogs who are to blame and whose heritage they therefore feel zero guilt about taking from under their foreign alien noses.
Interestingly, thy seem not to have actually read the text with any understanding, though they did look at the pictures. The text was first criticized because Cline's publisher placed a few pictures of destruction of heritage by Islamist militants to illustrate the general level of threat the heritage is currently under (Islamist destruction is not mentioned by the author himself in this extract) but then in a series of texts about the nig-nogs the collectors reveal their self-centred, self-satisfied 'Two-Wrongs argument' worldview, full of straw men and paper tigers as well as utter contempt for the citizens of the source countries that are dug over to fill the dealers' pockets and collectors' homes.... I'll present a couple below.
Vignette: Collectors' attitudes to the citizens of the source countries of the antiquities they buy is like than in 'Tintin in the Congo'.