….and our governments sit back and let them go ahead. The Taliban have done it and of course we all knew Islamic State are going to do it as well. Finishing the work they started last week in Iraq when damaging ancient statues with hammers, they now have bulldozed everything down. It’s an angry and violent attempt to erase out culture and history from the face of the earth until there is nothing left but the lies of Islamic State.
It may seem petty to get angry about losing some old dusty rocks somewhere in the desert of Iraq, but there is much more to it. It has once been the land of civilized people. It once belonged to people who were willing to live together in peace without a fascist government torturing and suppressing people. By destroying the ancient symbols of those people and days gone by ISIL send out a clear message. It’s the message of intolerance for anybody else but them, their cult and their way of life. But not just that. It’s the message of war. The “we will get rid of you and anything that ever belonged to you”.
History repeating itself – this picture was taken when the Taliban destroyed heritage
Those old figures, cultural heritage of centuries won’t come back. They are destroyed and gone. Will our freedom come back I wonder?
By Samantha Herron