Inquiry demanded over US failure to stop library looting

Charles Davis writes \”The burning of Iraq\’s National Library is a \”devastating loss\” and is the equivalent of losing the British Library, international academics said in This Story. The US military\’s
failure to prevent the calamity must be investigated to prevent it happening again, they added.
The failure of American troops to prevent the looting was called \”totally discreditable\”, saying they had violated a whole series of international
conventions on the rules of war. He said an investigation was essential, not so much to assign blame as to make sure everyone understood what had gone
wrong. \”