Posted by: baworldtraveler | July 2, 2012

Like the Giant Buddhas in Afghanistan, Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures Fall Victim to Intolerance

I remember my disbelief in 2001 that someone (the Taliban) would want to destroy the 1,500 year old giant Buddhas in Afghanistan  – and yet they did.

I am saddened to read that once again history is being destroyed – this time the group –  Al Qaeda-linked Islamists; the targets are historic and holy sites in the UNESCO-listed city of Timbuktu.

It is a sad reflection on the human race  that,  for some, a fierce determination to destroy overshadows any appeals for reasoning and preservation of such cultural, historical world treasures.

 

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