Skip to comments.Mali: Islamists destroy Timbuktu heritage sites
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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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.
Just another day with good Moslems in service to Allah.
" . . . when Clinton was president . . . ."
Was there an earlier incident?
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.”
(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.
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.