James Brothers <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <[log in to unmask]>)
about 'Artefacts removed from context', on Mon, 24 Jul 2000:
>I will admit that I'm not sure when the last attack on tourists was in
>Egypt. But I was thinking of more than Egypt. There have been numerous
>attacks on tourists over the last 15-20 years throughout North Africa
>and the Middle East.
And in many European and American cities.
>I will admit that, statistically, it is probably
>safer to go there than drive a car. But staying alive requires that one
>make conscious decisions about safety. Radical Islam has convinced
>many infidels that now is not a good time to visit, which was after all
>their intention. As for feeling safer in Cairo than NY or London, well
>we can agree to disagree. I'm taking my family to NY next month. My
>oldest daughter is planning on visiting London later this year, wish I
Well, PLEASE tell your daughter to be careful. One street can be quite
safe, the next infested with crack-heads. She should not go out after
dark alone, except where the lights are very bright. And on NO ACCOUNT
>Another issue is "feeling at home". While this is not an issue for me
>and my family (we enjoy the foreigness), it is for many people. They
>feel uncomfortable in foreign countries. Don't like the food, don't
>speak the language, etc.
Except in some African countries, the food really isn't that different
in composition from that in the US and Europe. It may be presented
>I can still remember doing guard mount in
>Herzogenaurach, Germany. Most of the troops did not like Germany and
>wanted to go home (which they did every time they got leave).
This Private Schulz, Sergeant Schwarz etc.?
> We looked on being
>stationed overseas as an opportunity, not something to be endured.
> in some instances meet
>interesting foreign people and learn about them. And often find that
>they really aren't that odd and foreign.
You are quite right. I believe the main cause of a xenophobic reaction
is that one doesn't understand the body language of a stranger. This is
quite unconscious and instinctive. I will refrain from making any
comments about the military version of your remarks.
>Another issue entirely is where do you draw the line. The argument that
>antiquities somehow belong to the descendants of the people who created
>them, if taken to the ultimate extreme leaves only local museums.
It is essential to resolve adamantly never to take things to ultimate
>this mean that all Rembrants must be returned to the Netherlands? Here
>in Richmond, Va we have a very good collection of Faberge eggs, should
>these all be returned to Russia? If true then museums will be left with
>only those non-local objects that are too unimportant for anyone to want
The case presented is to consider repatriation, either permanently or
temporarily, and with inviolable safeguards, just those artefacts that
have attracted a strong emotional affinity in their country of origin,
and replace them in their host country by the best replicas that current
technology can create.
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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