Looting vs theft

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Thu Apr 17 15:56:23 UTC 2003

mark worden wrote:
>When is looting not theft?
>Several news stories have stated that the antiquities taken from the
>Iraq museum was most likel a "well-executed theft."

Well, I'd say all looting is theft but not all theft is looting.
Looting, to me,carries a connotation of being opportunistic rather
than planned.

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