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Mali: Islamists destroy Timbuktu heritage sites
Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2012 | BABA AHMED

Posted on 06/30/2012 10:02:45 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Islamist fighters with ties to al-Qaida have destroyed tombs classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mali's historic city of Timbuktu, a resident and U.N. officials said Saturday.

Irina Bokova, who heads the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, cited in a statement Saturday reports the centuries-old Muslim mausoleums of Sidi Mahmoud, Sidi, Moctar and Alpha Moya have been destroyed.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; alqaeda; alqaida; godsgravesglyphs; heritagesite; mali; religionofpieces; timbuktu; tuareg; waronterror

1 posted on 06/30/2012 10:02:49 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Islam: the abomination that causes desolation.


2 posted on 06/30/2012 10:09:40 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s an outrage.

Surely we will hear from our president and media that this is an outrage.

Soon.

Right after this round of golf.


3 posted on 06/30/2012 10:10:59 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Fanatics always hate culture. Intellectualism frightens them.


4 posted on 06/30/2012 10:13:07 AM PDT by Shadow44
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To: Free ThinkerNY; SunkenCiv

GGG heads-up!


5 posted on 06/30/2012 10:14:07 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Islamists are feral with no respect to anything


6 posted on 06/30/2012 10:15:31 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Sad....George Zimmerman is in jail for rightfully defending himself...while Eric Holder walks free)
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To: TXnMA

Who are we to judge? Aren’t “all cultures equal” (as liberal “educators” teach us)? Maybe the Timbuktuians insulted moe hammed or something?


7 posted on 06/30/2012 10:17:23 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Disambiguator

They’re just like liberals, destroying everything they touch.


8 posted on 06/30/2012 10:18:41 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Free ThinkerNY

There go their tourism dolllars.


9 posted on 06/30/2012 10:21:23 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Muslim mausoleums

Muz on Muz.

10 posted on 06/30/2012 10:33:53 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (The patient is bleeding to death! Apply more leeches!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Islamist fighters with ties to al-Qaida have destroyed ... the centuries-old Muslim mausoleums of Sidi Mahmoud, Sidi, Moctar and Alpha Moya...(in Mali's historic city of Timbuktu)...

Trying to get worked up about that.

Muslim a$$#o1es destroying muslim $#it in a muslim $#it#o1e country...

Meh. Keeps 'em occupied. Maybe they'll kill a few of each other. Win-win.

11 posted on 06/30/2012 10:36:33 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (Romney Sucks. Mutiny Now, or something.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d suggest blowing them to timbuktu, but looks like they are already there.


12 posted on 06/30/2012 10:44:57 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Seems like it’s red-on-red atrocities, so I’m not going to get bent out of shape.

I’m waiting for the MB’s announcement that they’ll be dismantling the Sphynx and the Pyramids. That’ll be awesome.


13 posted on 06/30/2012 11:01:16 AM PDT by risen_feenix
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Strange that they would destroy MUSLIM mausoleums. Since the Muslim Brotherhood has taken over Egypt, I've wondered how safe the pyramids and other Egyptian monuments are.
14 posted on 06/30/2012 11:01:37 AM PDT by Humal
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To: Humal
"Since the Muslim Brotherhood has taken over Egypt, I've wondered how safe the pyramids and other Egyptian monuments are."

They're not safe at all. Muslim supremacists have said repeatedly that the ancient Egyptian monuments and tombs are pagan and should be destroyed or buried. The only legitimate religion and history in the known universe is Islam and Arabic. Nothing else matters.

15 posted on 06/30/2012 11:11:13 AM PDT by StormEye
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To: Humal

Not very safe is my thought.


16 posted on 06/30/2012 11:11:59 AM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: StormEye
The Buddhist monuments they destroyed back when Clinton was president were timeless, incalculable treasures. Even Clinton asked the Islamists not to destroy them to no avail.
17 posted on 06/30/2012 11:21:57 AM PDT by Humal
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s harder to build something.


18 posted on 06/30/2012 11:22:17 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Humal

The Salafists believe mausoleums that attract pilgrims are sacreligious because they distract from worshiping Allah. The Saudi when they took Mecca and Medina from the Hashemites, Faisal from Lawrence of Arabia and the ruling family of Jordan, destroyed all the tombs and other structures that attracted pilgrims. The Saudis have done a bang up job destroying any vestiges of pre-Saudi influence in Arabia.


19 posted on 06/30/2012 11:40:58 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Islamists destroy Timbuktu heritage sites"

Destruction IS their heritage.

20 posted on 06/30/2012 11:47:04 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: TXnMA

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks TXnMA. Since the Digest is about to go out, I'll just add this to the catalog and put the link in there, and again next week. To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


21 posted on 06/30/2012 11:59:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just another day with good Moslems in service to Allah.


22 posted on 06/30/2012 12:02:53 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Humal
"The Buddhas of Bamiyan . . . were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban."

" . . . when Clinton was president . . . ."

Was there an earlier incident?

23 posted on 06/30/2012 12:14:25 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: synbad600
From Wikipedia: “Abdul Wahed, a Taliban commander operating in the area, announced his intention to blow up the Buddhas in 1997 even before he had taken control of the valley. Once he was in control of Bamiyan in 1998, Wahed drilled holes in the Buddhas’ heads for explosives. He was prevented from taking further action by the local governor and direct order of Mullah Omar, although tyres were burnt on the head of the great Buddha.[17] In July 1999, Mullah Mohammed Omar issued a decree in favor of the preservation of the Bamiyan Buddha's statue. Because Afghanistan's Buddhist population no longer exists, which removed the possibility of the statues being worshiped, he added: “The government considers the Bamiyan statues as an example of a potential major source of income for Afghanistan from international visitors. The Taliban states that Bamiyan shall not be destroyed but protected.”[18] In early 2000, local Taliban authorities asked for UN assistance to rebuild drainage ditches around tops of the alcoves in which the Buddhas were set.[19]

However, Afghanistan's radical clerics began a campaign to crack down on “un-Islamic” segments of Afghan society. The Taliban soon banned all forms of imagery, music and sports, including television, in accordance with what they considered a strict interpretation of Sharia.[20]”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhas_of_Bamyan#Preface_to_2001.2C_under_the_Taliban

(It has been a while since this happened, and my memory isn't quite accurate. :-( )

They began talking about destroying the statue in 1997 (and actually did damage it some) when Bill Clinton was still president. They did some more damage to it in 1998, but didn't actually blow it up until March 2001. That was about 2 months after he left office, but he still had a lot of “pull” in other countries around the world. I do remember him asking them to preserve the statue, but it may have been after leaving office rather than before.

Here is another bit of news about the attempt to destroy the Buddhas prior to 2001. Unfortunately, the link doesn't work.
“DUTY TO PROTECT: Destruction of Afghani art certainly didn't begin with the Taliban's assault on the giant Buddhas. The Society for the Preservation of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage (SPACH) has been fighting to save artwork in Afghanistan since 1994 (without much luck). “Monuments were being neglected, if not badly damaged by the war, historic sites had been and were still being illegally excavated and, most importantly, the Kabul Museum, which houses an important collection, was being damaged and plundered.” Purabudaya 2000”

A bit of interesting data on the attempt to destroy the Buddhas is found here: “HOW THEY KILLED THE BUDDHAS: “After failing to destroy the 1,700-year-old sandstone statues of Buddha with anti-aircraft and tank fire, the Taliban brought a lorryload of dynamite from Kabul. A Western observer said: ‘They drilled holes into the torsos of the two statues and then placed dynamite charges inside the holes to blow them up’.” The Telegraph (London) 03/12/01” They couldn't accomplish the destruction with anti-aircraft and tank fire.

24 posted on 06/30/2012 3:17:43 PM PDT by Humal
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To: Free ThinkerNY
If Islamists continue to destroy such “blasphemous” pieces of heritage, what will the UN do? Will it issue a seriously written memo? Oh, oh.
25 posted on 06/30/2012 3:31:57 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m torn. Hate the muzzies being their true selves, but I hate the UN and their stupid UN world heritage sites. Nuke ‘em both from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.


26 posted on 06/30/2012 11:11:30 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)

A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)

27 posted on 10/29/2012 3:04:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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