Saving books from the Syrian war

A group of young Syrian people have built a secret library, hidden in a basement in Daraya, a city located south of Damascus. Their goal is to save Daraya’s books, as the city is currently under the control of local Islamist groups and has been under siege by Bashar al-Assad’s army for the past three years.

  • I wish them luck with their task.

  • Censored_EG

    Is any Syrian culture worth saving? Please enlighten me.

    • Ed Ellison

      Ancient stuff, sure.
      Newer modern stuff, not at all.

      • Censored_EG

        The ancient stuff was Roman. Hence, my question. I cannot imagine virtually anything from the state of Syria is worth a single human life. Then again, what do I know? I think the Middle East should be carpet bombed from one end to the other for the benefit of the world.

        EDIT: Add Pakistan and Indonesia to the entire Middle East, of course except for Israel.

    • UCSPanther

      There is lots of culture, writing and art from antiquity in the Islamic world. Even empires like the Timurids (See also: Tamerlane), Ghaznavids, Ottomans and Saffavids were known for their patronage of the arts.

      Where much of the iconoclasm of today appears to originate from, is the rise of ideologies like Wahhabism, which have edicts that outlaw most forms of expression or aesthetics.

      • Censored_EG

        I’d rather watch the Simpsons than explore Syrian “culture”. Seriously. And I really don’t like the Simpsons that much. Did that back in the 90s.

      • The ancient library of Alexandria, which housed a veritable treasure of all accumulated knowledge, was destroyed by the Muslims when they conquered Egypt.

        “Amr writes to Omar for instructions, and Omar replies: “If those books are in agreement with the Quran, we have no need of them; and if these are opposed to the Quran, destroy them.””

        Muslim patronage of the arts and “sciences” (this term includes mainly astrology, by the way) has been highly overrated by modern “historians” intent on winning Gulf-state approval and funds.

  • Sharkibark

    Uhm… Just saying…. if you want your library to be secret, you probably shouldn’t post photos of it or yourself on public media. Am I being too skeptical?

    • Brenda


    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Maybe they’re just stupid? :shrug

  • DMB

    Both ISIS and the Nazi’s had the same philosophy when it comes to books that contradict their beliefs. The Nazi’s followed Mein Kampf, ISIS follows the Quran.

  • ontario john

    Muslims read? I learn something every day.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Well, they *have* the books. That’s not to say for sure they *read* them. 😉

  • Clausewitz

    First thing that came to mind. I’m thinking the censorious little lefties think this is a good idea.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      One of the Turdopians working the polling station where we voted was reading that when not otherwise occupied. “Hmmmmm…”, I thought.

  • Wherever Muslims gain control they will destroy all knowledge and all culture not based on or compatible with Islam. They are the enemies of humanity.

  • Hard Little Machine

    do they not have enough toilet paper otherwise?