The Destruction of the Middle East

We are living through ferocious times. Stories about the self-proclaimed Islamic State [ISIS/ISIL/Da’esh] abound in the media, in what has now become a daily round of beheadings, suicide bombings, and general mayhem from Nigeria to Malaysia. It seems that wherever there is a Muslim country, there is extreme violence. But one part of the Islamic State narrative has received less attention than the gruesome rounds of killings: the continuing onslaughts on cities such as Mosul, Aleppo, Raqqa and Kobani. The Islamic State and related movements have rampaged across parts of Iraq and Syria, destroying the entire heritage of ancient regions, demolishing historic churches, synagogues, mosques, Sufi and Shi’i shrines, and major archaeological sites. All this vandalism is driven by a relentless passion to enforce religious purity on the regions they now control.

Around the world, art historians, antiquities experts, and archaeologists scarcely dare open their e-mails every day, fearing loss of another irreplaceable site. Physical destruction in the Islamic realms has now reached proportions of the Mongol invasions of the thirteenth century.

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  • ontario john

    As the Western media recognizes the natural disaster that happened 10 years ago in Asia, they are puzzled by reports that sharia law and islamic extremism has increased because people resent all that aid money and Western aid workers influencing their muslim way of life. Perhaps we should remember that the next time they need our help.

    • marty_p

      When ever I get stopped on Yonge Street in Toronto by the Plan Canada fundraisers – as soon as they launch their spiel I stop them and tell them my donation depends on their answer to one simple question “Does any of the money you raise go to Muslim countries” – as soon as they answer the inevitable “yes of course” – I reply “not a cent from me then” and I walk away.

    • Just a thought

      It’s increased in part because that money, or at least a lot of it, was foolishly given to Islamic “charities,” who used it to shore up their control and spread anti-West sentiment. It’s what Muslim “charities” do.

  • WalterBannon

    The middle has long been destroyed, since that day centuries ago when it was first introduced to the cult of Islam.

  • mobuyus

    Islam destroys what was what is and what could be.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Saudi Arabia is leading the way by razing millenium-old Muslim shrines and sites in Mecca to build hotels and shopping malls.