Teresa Nielsen Hayden has what could possibly be termed the authoritative post on the current state of the controversy surrounding items from Iraq’s national museum that are missing or destroyed. At this point, we know that “everything is gone” is no longer the story, despite the fact that everyone reported it that way initially. We also know that some artifacts are gone, and that the US did nothing to prevent that from happening. I want to add that it’s a cheap and lame bit of misdirection to point to the changing number from the specific museum that has been most talked about rather than acknowledging the fact that the Koranic library in Baghdad was looted and burned to the ground, and plenty of other items and places of historical significance are forever lost.