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Afghan Who Had (Buddha) Statues Destroyed Killed
guardian.co.uk ^ | January 26, 2007 | AMIR SHAH

Posted on 01/26/2007 5:57:36 AM PST by lunarbicep

A NATO airstrike destroyed a Taliban command post in southern Afghanistan, killing a suspected senior militant leader, the alliance said Friday. Separately, an assailant gunned down an Afghan lawmaker who, under the former Taliban regime, oversaw the destruction of two Buddha statues carved into a cliff.

Maulavi Mohammed Islam Mohammadi, who was the Taliban's governor of Bamiyan province when the fifth-century Buddha statues were blown up with dynamite and artillery in March 2001, was killed on his way to Friday prayers in Kabul, said Zulmai Khan, Kabul's deputy police chief.

Mohammadi was elected in 2005 to represent the northern province of Samangan in Afghanistan's parliament.

After he was elected, Mohammadi said he should not be held responsible for the destruction of the statues, which the Taliban considered to be idolatrous and anti-Muslim.

``It was foreigners like Chechens and Arabs with the Taliban who made the decision. They were crazy people,'' Mohammadi told The Associated Press at the time. ``Even though I was governor, I had no power.''

International outcry followed the destruction of the giant Buddhas, which were chiseled into a cliff and famed for their size and location along the ancient Silk Road linking Europe and Central Asia. Archaeologists in Bamiyan have been painstakingly collecting the stone remains of the two statues - and are considering rebuilding them.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bamiyan; buddha; taliban

1 posted on 01/26/2007 5:57:38 AM PST by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep

I remember reading about that in the spring of 01 before 9-11 and thinking: those Taliban people are crazy...


2 posted on 01/26/2007 6:00:40 AM PST by Tulane
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To: lunarbicep
Instant Karma!

Well, I guess it really isn't 'instant' - it did take a few years.
And I'm not sure if Buddha people do the 'karma' thing or not, now that I think of it.
Still, it's great news!

Boy, gonna be a long Friday now that I morphed into this guy....

3 posted on 01/26/2007 6:02:38 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: lunarbicep

Don't messwith the Buddha...he'll get you.


4 posted on 01/26/2007 6:02:57 AM PST by blam
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To: lunarbicep
Mohammed Islam Mohammadi

With a name like that, I'll bet he's swarthy.

5 posted on 01/26/2007 6:03:58 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: lunarbicep

Good news!


6 posted on 01/26/2007 6:05:19 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Tulane

Good, that was a despicable act.


7 posted on 01/26/2007 6:05:53 AM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: lunarbicep

Buddha 1, Mohammad 0


8 posted on 01/26/2007 6:06:30 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: lunarbicep

Don't pull on supermans cape , don't spit in the wind....don't blow the bhuddah off the wall or it will be your end...lol


9 posted on 01/26/2007 6:08:25 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: lunarbicep
"After he was elected, Mohammadi said he should not be held responsible for the destruction of the statues, which the Taliban considered to be idolatrous and anti-Muslim."

Buddha sends his love. President Bush sends his greetings.

10 posted on 01/26/2007 6:09:09 AM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: lunarbicep
MAULAVI: WHAT HAPPEN?
SHAITAN: SOMEBODY SET UP YOU THE GUN.
MAULAVI: WHAT!...IT'S YOU!!
SHAITAN: HOW ARE YOU MAULAVI!!
SHAITAN: ALL YOUR SOUL ARE BELONG TO US.
SHAITAN: HA HA HA HA....
11 posted on 01/26/2007 6:10:11 AM PST by RichInOC (GULBUTH: Y HALO THAR BUTTSECKS? MAULAVI: WHAT YOU SAY!!)
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To: blam
"Gunning for the Buddha" - Shriekback

Mark and Danny in the Greek Hotel
Bold as badgers on a one-take Mission
Got their equipment from a dwarf outside
On the trail of any suspect wisdom
Pond-Life beneath a Southern sky
(They make their move then they head off to the border)
They don't care as long as you can pay -
Whatever - whatever they say

We're on the road and we're gunning for the Buddha
We know his name and he mustn't get away
We're on the road and we're gunning for the Buddha
It would take one shot - to blow him away...

Now's the time to have some big ideas
Now's the time to make some firm decisions
We saw the Buddha in a bar down south
Talking politics and nuclear fission
We see him and he's all washed up -
Moving on into the body of a beetle
Getting ready for a long long crawl
He ain't nothing - he ain't nothing at all...

We're on the road and we're gunning for the Buddha
We know his name and he mustn't get away
We're on the road and we're gunning for the Buddha
It would take one shot - to blow him away...

Death and Money make their point once more
In the shape of Philosophical assassins
Mark and Danny take the bus uptown
Deadly angels for reality and passion
Have the courage of the here and now
Don't take nothing from these ½-baked buddhas
When you think you got it paid in full
You got nothing - you got nothing at all...

We're on the road and we're gunning for the Buddha
We know his name and he mustn't get away
We're on the road and we're gunning for the Buddha
It would take one shot...

12 posted on 01/26/2007 6:10:30 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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13 posted on 01/26/2007 6:11:39 AM PST by firewalk
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To: lunarbicep

I'm tempted to believe Mohammadi. The Afghans had been living with the statues for centuries; the impetus to destroy them probably came from Kandahar. Mullah Omar and his foreign friends were crazy people, even by Southwest Asian standards. If Prince Turki and his alim couldn't convince Omar to leave the statues alone, no Afghan official could, either.


14 posted on 01/26/2007 6:14:14 AM PST by Caesar Soze
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To: lunarbicep; Fred Nerks; jan in Colorado
The mohaMADans need to get it thru their brainwashed heads that Afghanistan was not theirs, no matter how much they try to erase the proud Buddhist history.

Even the name for the Hindu Kush mountains means "Hindu Slayers."

15 posted on 01/26/2007 6:15:42 AM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
And I'm not sure if Buddha people do the 'karma' thing or not

They do.

16 posted on 01/26/2007 6:16:02 AM PST by Fresh Wind (All we are sa-a-a-ying, is give Beast a chance.)
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To: Enterprise
Buddha sends his love. President Bush sends his greetings.

Bush? The article doesn't say Bush killed him. Gunning down elected legislators in democratizing countries doesn't seem like his style.

17 posted on 01/26/2007 6:16:31 AM PST by Caesar Soze
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To: Joe 6-pack

That is a good song and a good band. Whatever happened to them?


18 posted on 01/26/2007 6:19:22 AM PST by Cecily
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To: Caesar Soze

I didn't say Bush killed him either. I only said he sent his greetings.


19 posted on 01/26/2007 6:19:51 AM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: caver
Good news!

I'm not really feeling the joy. According to the guy himself, he was just a paper pusher who had few options under the ruling Taliban --- a group he publicly stated were crazy. Since then, he got involved in the nascent democracy we're trying to create in Afghanistan and was lawfully elected to office.

Now he's a victim of political violence.

Just how is terrorists gunning down officials in the democratically-elected Afghan government a good thing? I was kind of hoping Afghanistan wouldn't go down Iraq's path.

20 posted on 01/26/2007 6:23:11 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

LOL! I'm Hank Kimball this morning too! Love that guy.


21 posted on 01/26/2007 6:25:20 AM PST by cj2a (When you're pathetic, but you don't know you're pathetic, that's really pathetic.)
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To: Caesar Soze

.....I'm tempted to believe Mohammadi.....

He is telling the truth about the crazies but ..... who let them in? He did.


22 posted on 01/26/2007 6:27:11 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. .... It's spit on a lefty day.)
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To: Cecily
"Whatever happened to them?

I'm not exactly sure...Big Night Music was actually one of the last vinyl records I ever bought before overhauling my collection to CD's back in the 80's. I think I still have it around somewhere:-)

23 posted on 01/26/2007 6:47:00 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Technically, wouldn't it be 1-1?


24 posted on 01/26/2007 7:00:57 AM PST by Tulane
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To: Tulane

Well, this is game two.


25 posted on 01/26/2007 7:14:27 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: SpringheelJack

I understand that. But it's the same excuse that Germans used after World War II. I was just following orders.


26 posted on 01/26/2007 7:46:26 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: lunarbicep

Awwwwwww geeeee that's too bad...


27 posted on 01/26/2007 7:49:22 AM PST by null and void (<----- Shocked and odd...)
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To: lunarbicep
Ancient Buddha Statues Destroyed by Muslim Taliban
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGWij9I1gAs

28 posted on 01/26/2007 10:10:28 AM PST by XR7
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Don't tell Jack Bauer you don't know the answer to hs question.....

Don't waste his time when he says that he is running out of it....


29 posted on 01/26/2007 10:17:34 AM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: LonePalm
Self Ping for later.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

30 posted on 01/26/2007 10:24:20 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: lunarbicep
was killed on his way to Friday prayers in Kabul

Poetic justice.

31 posted on 01/26/2007 10:45:14 AM PST by b4its2late (Liberalism is a hollow log and a mental disorder.)
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To: lunarbicep; Admin Moderator

This is great news in the WAR ON TERROR.
All we hear is bad news and news that runs down our country and demoralizes our troops.
Finally, this story comes out today that shows the enemies of freedom for what they are, and reinforces why we are fighting this war. We need some good news from time to time.

It's also BREAKING NEWS.

So why did the Admin. Moderator take it down and put it under "misc" effectively ending the thread?


32 posted on 01/26/2007 10:59:26 AM PST by XR7
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To: Caesar Soze
" Separately, an assailant gunned down an Afghan lawmaker who, under the former Taliban regime, oversaw the destruction of two Buddha statues carved into a cliff."

I had referenced the wrong quote. This is what I had meant to reference. It states that the official OVERSAW the destruction. You can infer that because he is now an elected official it gives him grace from his prior OVERSEEING of the destruction of the statues, and that he is miraculously a good guy now. I choose not to infer it. I wonder what else he "oversaw" under the former Taliban regime. Did he "oversee" the destruction of people as well as things?

33 posted on 01/26/2007 11:16:12 AM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: XR7

Thank you for finding that video


34 posted on 01/26/2007 12:26:32 PM PST by lunarbicep (Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain)
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To: USF

"The mohaMADans need to get it thru their brainwashed heads that Afghanistan was not theirs, no matter how much they try to erase the proud Buddhist history."

You're gunna get a kick out of this:

(comments) muslims say Australia and America all belongs to them!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1773969/posts


35 posted on 01/26/2007 3:02:23 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf download. Link on my bio page.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

The song (a live version) is on You Tube, but the sound quality is not good.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=881tXHcgo-0


36 posted on 01/26/2007 4:58:00 PM PST by Cecily
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To: lunarbicep

Karma.


37 posted on 01/27/2007 10:33:42 PM PST by TigersEye (Ego chatter endlessly on. Mind speaks in great silence.)
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To: Cecily

Cool...Thank you!


38 posted on 01/29/2007 6:14:44 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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