I tried to tell you ISIS, infidel to terrorist, that this was a big mistake. Just remember if your knife and my neck should ever meet who was looking out for the caliphate.
The head of the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO, on Thursday demanded an emergency meeting of the world body’s Security Council following the mass destruction by jihadists of ancient artifacts in Iraq.
“This attack is far more than a cultural tragedy – this is also a security issue as it fuels sectarianism, violent extremism and conflict in Iraq,” UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency.
“This is why I have immediately seized the President of the Security Council to ask him to convene an emergency meeting of the Security Council on the protection of Iraq’s cultural heritage as an integral element for the country’s security,” she added.
The statement came after the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group on Thursday released a video in which its terrorists are seen smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers in the main museum in Mosul, their biggest hub and Iraq’s second city.
They are also shown using a jackhammer to deface a large Assyrian winged bull at a huge archeological site in Mosul.
Archaeologists and heritage experts have described the destruction as a catastrophe and compared the 2001 dynamiting by the Taliban of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan.
Our political leadership tries to tell us that global warming is the greatest threat to life on earth. If they’re referring to the ice locking New York and Boston Harbors and the Great Lakes, they might have a point. I’d still nominate Islam, at least some number between 14% and 27% of it.
PS: I don’t wish to frighten anyone, but this is whom you’re dealing with, ISIS:
You so much as sneeze on one more Assyrian statue and I swear to whatever God you hold holy that I will hunt you down, hunt your family down, hunt your neighbors down, hunt your townspeople down, hunt your clergy down, and leave not a trace—not even a memory—of you behind, except for a black scorch mark in the desert sands. Capisce?
Don’t think UNESCO can’t do it. They can disappear millennia of existence, they can disappear you:
Less than a week before the start an exhibit chronicling 3,500 years of Jewish ties to the Land of Israel, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has postponed the event, slated to open at its Paris headquarters Monday, out of concern that it could be harmful to the peace process.
Failure to open the exhibit as planned, warned the dean of the Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Marvin Hier, would “confirm to the world that UNESCO is the official address of the Arab narrative in the Middle East.”
UNESCO and the center worked on the exhibit, “People, Book, Land: The 3,500-year relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land,” for two years with the help of Hebrew University of Jerusalem Prof. Robert Wistrich, who designed its panels.
Each panel, Wistrich said, had been approved by UNESCO. From the biblical forefather Abraham to the State of Israel’s status as “a start-up nation,” the exhibit was designed to highlight and affirm Jewish roots in the land, on which the Jewish people alternatively flourished and suffered throughout the generations.
No one from the Egyptian pharaohs to the Romans to the Babylonians to the the Nazis to the massed forces of the Arab armies could extinguish Israel the way UNESCO can. Think about it, ISIS.