You are well informed on Buddhism then. I, too, was sick when the centuries old carvings were destroyed.
Guess I’m naive, but I’m always shocked when one religion tries to kill another. [ other than the muslims, who always have ]
Why? From my earliest memories as a child the one thing that has seemed self-evident to me is that religions pretty much pit humans against each other. Your tribe against mine. That's what it's all about. That's what humans are. That's what we do. Violence is the ordinary. Peace and respect are the shocking things.
Not saying I like it that way. Just saying that's how it is. Parents don't do their children any favors by hiding the hard nature of the world/humanity from them when they are young. Nor are they helping them by creating a false world for them to live in where everything is safe and certain. Because when that facade gets ripped away and the truth is exposed, it can be quite traumatic.