Faced with the culture they come out the jackhammers. In Syria and Iraq, Daech demolition company continues its ancient sites and works millennia. Last vestige gone up in smoke: the magnificent temple of Baalshamin, one of the archaeological treasures of the ancient city of Palmyra, the Syrian city of more than 2000 years now under the yoke of the terrorist organization.
a “chilling evil”
“Our darkest predictions are unfortunately coming true,” lamented Sunday night Maamoun Abdelkarim, the Director General of Antiquities and museums of Syria by announcing this new destruction. Since taking the “pearl of the desert” in May, he listed, jihadists had “committed executions in the ancient theater, in July destroyed the famous Lion statue of Athena (…) and transformed the museum into court and prison. They also murdered the former director of Antiquities in the city, “Khaled al-Assaad, beheaded last week.
The destructive madness Daech, which features films such destruction and regularly to make a propaganda tool, had raged in Iraq in recent months, blasting the tomb of Jonah after taking Mosul in July 2014, to the sacking of the ancient Roman city of Hatra, in April. As for the Islamists, it is wipe out everything that predates the founding of Islam. In their eyes, the pre-Islamic religious works, including statues, are qu’idolâtrie. A massacre heritage that Unesco had qualified on July 3, facing the destruction of works of art of Palmyra, the “chilling evil.”