Re: [Ancientartifacts] Re: De Montebello responds

Dave Welsh Unidroit-L listowner writes:
> it has become glaringly apparent that you
> simply do not understand, nor wish to productively
> discuss, any of the real and operative issues. <

What I think would be productive to discuss here under the topic heading "De
Montabello replies" is what De Montabello actually "replied" in the context
of the actual contents of the text he "replied" to. To ignore that to head
off chasing speculative side issues intended merely to make a mockery of the
original points raised is just a waste of everybody's time and patience and
certainly has nothing to do with "real and operative issues" or productive
discussion (as Tom Flynn noted).

I'd be perfectly willing to discuss the point you made about Italian
cultural property law and its relationship to the Holy See and the Roman
Empire if they had any sense, or relationship to what Opoku was actually
saying. You have not shown they have either, so it seems that the points you
raised merely act as a fogscreen deflecting the discussion from the topic
(which you may perhaps regard as "productive", but I do not).

> I hold that you must show that such opinions have
> genuine potential to become influential in
> determining the future of cultural property law. <

Well, that is what we are both working for isn't it.

> erroneously imagine that ideological opinions and
> moralistic arguments regarding the ethics of cultural
> property transfers, in the absence of specific and
> concrete discussions as to the legality of those
> transfers, have any real and concrete meaning.<
Well, as I keep pointing out, and you keep ignoring, Opoku was proposing
precisely that.

I sincerely hope that most members of the public do not regard moral and
ethical arguments (in anything) as utterly devoid of meaning.

Paul Barford


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