Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the fallacy of electing an outsider. Unfortunately I chose to use Senator David Perdue as an example of a business person and outsider who promised change if elected and whom, I proposed, had produced little meaningful legislation in his first 16 months.

Well as so often the case in Washington, I find myself forced to “walk back” that indictment of an outsider. Today I received a press release advising the world that Senator Perdue was an original co-sponsor of legislation, signed today by President Obama, that prevents ISIS from selling the artifacts that they have looted from the territory they now control.

“ISIS is raiding the cradle of civilization—destroying cultural property and selling artifacts on the black market—to help fund its reign of terror and purge the Middle East of non-Islamic history. Similar crimes have been committed throughout history, and the United States has led international efforts to protect cultural property and heritage. I am glad we were able to come together and stem the flow of money to ISIS by preventing these terrorists and their networks from selling stolen antiquities to anyone in the United States.”

I suspect that ISIS will now be forced to return their plunder to the rightful owners and I seek absolution of my sin of the premature judging of outsiders. Given the context here I suspect a tawba is more appropriate than 10 Hail Marys.

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Ellynn
Ellynn

This law actually will help back track artifacts to the accounts and money havens ISIS uses. It might seem minor, but remember Al Capone didn’t end up in jail as a organizer of mass shootings and domestic terrorism…

LTWill
LTWill

Bipartisanship! Maybe working together actually works!

Chet Martin
Chet Martin

“RINO georgiapol.com posts article titled in foreign language”

Ellynn
Ellynn

Can it technically be a foreign language in no county official uses it?

Teri
Teri

Only if you’re Protestant. Is this better?

“Mia kulpo , tra mia kulpo , tra miaj plej doloriga kulpo…”

Chet Martin
Chet Martin

All real Republicans know that Esperanto is only used for NPR broadcasts

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Stating the obvious ISIS will not be returning anything but any citizen buying an artifact will have an issue.
This may not be important to many but it is significant.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I guess I don’t understand this.
Surely it’s already illegal to buy stuff from ISIS?
Surely it’s already illegal to buy stolen antiquities?
How does another law prevent something that is happening on the black market?
Even if they can’t sell them here, wouldn’t they just sell them somewhere else? And if they are going to be sold anyway, wouldn’t we rather they come here than go elsewhere?
If ISIS can’t sell things won’t they likely destroy them?

Will Durant
Will Durant

All I can think of is the Animal House quote that Dave Bearse used here a month or so back on a different subject.

“I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”

It is also dismaying that we can only get a consensus in DC making something that is already illegal doubly so.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Hey, making thinks doubly so is what won the war on drugs.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

My bet is the long list of antiquities interests signing this letter to the Senators are a bit more knowledgable than those taking an ignorant shot at Perdue.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/rdcms-aaa/files/production/public/S1887_LETTER.pdf

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well from my point of view, it’s no more of a shot at Perdue than it is at Obama. I tried to find out more about how it was expected to work but info is very scarce.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Not out of ignorance at all as I actually went and read the act, now law, as written before making comment. Not a shot at Perdue either but Congress in general while I grant you that isn’t much for sport. Though truth be told this is hardly a major accomplishment on his part or for Congress. It really is only lip service and for the most part just reiterates other laws. The only addition is that it empowers the executive branch to further restrict antiquities out of Syria and generate reports back to Congress. This is almost impossible as the… Read more »

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