The Art Newspaper has reported that most looting in Iraq has ended with the improving security situation. http://www.theartnewspaper.com/article.asp?id=16008
One would think this news would be cheered and not jeered as it has been on both the "Safe Corner" blog and on the Iraq Crisis List. See: http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/2008/08/iraq-looting-of-sites-is-over.html and
https://listhost.uchicago.edu/pipermail/iraqcrisis/2008-August/002127.html and https://listhost.uchicago.edu/pipermail/iraqcrisis/2008-August/002129.html
Why the concerted effort to contest the views of a former Iraqi official on the scene? A cynic might suspect that those most interested in arguing that looting in Iraq continues on a large scale fear that good news will mean that their "15 minutes of fame" is fast drawing to a close.