About The Taliban and the Destruction of a World Wonder
|December 31st, 2005||#1|
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The Taliban and the Destruction of a World Wonder info
There was already extensive damage done by the Taliban, using the Buddha as target practice for artillery. As a testiment to their giant stature, it took a couple months of dynamiting and bombarding to complete finish of the two statues. Please note the people standing underneath, to give you an idea of the size of the statues (yeah, there was another one).
MY POINT (which I didn't have time for before now): Other than the obvious loss of a priceless historical treasure and holy site, the Taliban managed to demonstrate something very important here. The Muslim world seems to regularly ask itself, "Gee, wouldn't it be great if we once again built the government of all of our nations based on the Holy Koran?" The intentional destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan perfectly demonstrates the sort of Bigotry and Complete Disrespect for Other People's Religions that the Taliban had. They were overwhelmingly against any other religion being allowed to practice within the borders of Afganistan, making it the law of the land to completely erase every other religious faith. In its current status, Islam is incapable of instituting 'Rule and Government by the Holy Book' because the extremists elements will inevitably lead to things like this repeating themselves.
By the way, the Taliban actually forced a faithful Buddist to set the dynamite and detonate them. He was interviewed later and said that he would have been more than willing to die to save the Buddhas, but he knew full well that the Taliban would destroy them. So he did it. Must be an awful thing to be forced to demolish one of your religion's most sacred sites.
"It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it."
- General Robert E. Lee
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Last edited by godofthunder9010; January 1st, 2006 at 23:21..
|January 1st, 2006||#4|
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I don't remember how much damage the imbeciles did before they stopped. I need to go back and read up on it.
“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.”
—John Stuart Mill
|January 1st, 2006||#9|
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Yeah, I remember hearing about this way back when I was in middle school I think. One of those things that makes a kid go "what the F***, how can adults do something so stupid?" and I have never forgotten it.
|January 1st, 2006||#10|
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There was strong historical evidence that a legendary 3rd Buddha still exists, but is lost somewhere at Bamiyan. That Buddha statue was supposedly lying flat on its back and was supposed to be either 1000 ft or 1000 meters (don't remember which at the moment) that they are trying to find. They think they've unearthed a corner of it. This one was supposed to be lying on its back.
To answer the question about the work being done toward their restoration:
BTW, added a picture of one of the statues to my original post.
Last edited by godofthunder9010; January 1st, 2006 at 22:55..