of Utah Courses
|Economy of Opium
and Antiquities: Smuggling for Life in Iran and Iraq
the war is ravaging Iraq and religious government of Iran is leading its
country back to the Middle Ages, the glorious past of these cradles of
civilization is in danger of being lost forever. In order to survive difficult
times, thousands of people entered a new profession: smuggling hot commodities
such as opium and antiquities.
both kill our civilization as we know it: the former is responsible for
the future, the latter for the past. Thousands of artifacts are sold to
collectors outside of Iraq and Iran and, without knowing their context,
thousands of years of history which produced the Western civilization,
among the others, are gone. This lecture explains how smugglers can operate
in both countries without much fear of any penalty and what can be done
to limit their activities. After all, preserving peoples and cultures is
a responsibility of all of us.