Heard a little news blurb on the radio this AM about Spain getting a treasure back from those who salvaged it. The Guardian has the story Treasure from sunken galleon must be returned to Spain, judge says.
A jubilant Spanish government announced on Wednesday that the $500m-worth (£308m) of gold and silver coins found at a site that Odyssey called "Black Swan" would be back on Spanish soil within 10 days.And where did the gold come from? Plundered from the Peruvians no doubt. A question after the Fleur-de-Kos.
"This sentence gives Spaniards back what was already theirs," said the culture minister, José Ignacio Wert. "There is a space of 10 days in which the coins must be returned."
Pizzo argued that the coins, all dated prior to 1804, matched the Mercedes' cargo of coins minted in Lima, Peru – part of a haul being brought back to finance Spain's European wars. He also said cannon found there matched those on the Mercedes.
Rightful ownership of the coins, which fill 600 barrels, now belongs to Spain and to descendants of the 250 Spanish sailors who were lost when the vessel blew up.
Shouldn't the gold really belong to the Peruvians? If all the treasure the Nazis plundered from Europe and then scattered to the four winds after the war is supposed to be returned to its rightful owners, why does Spain get to keep this stolen booty?
That's the only analogy I can come up with off the top of my head, I'm sure there's more.
Just my 2 cents on current events.