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NIMRUD, Iraq (AP) -- The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone.
The city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is in pieces, victim of the Islamic State group's fervor to erase history. The remains of its palaces and temples, once lined in brilliant reliefs of gods and kings, have been blown up. The statues of winged bulls that once guarded the site are hacked to bits. Its towering ziggurat, or step pyramid, has been bulldozed.
The militants' fanaticism devastated one of the Middle East's most important archaeological sites. But more than a month after the militants were driven out, Nimrud is still being ravaged, its treasures disappearing, imperiling any chance of eventually rebuilding it, an Associated Press team found after multiple visits in the past month.
I am really sick of these animals and hope they are wiped from the face of the earth to the last fighter.
originally posted by: Raggedyman
Not that I am offering excuses
But I remember Pol Pot slaughtering some 3 to 6 million in the name of atheism
Stalin same bigger death toll
Mao, same same, much bigger death toll
No Sky fairys needed
It's not a belief non belief thing, it's a human thing
Good old Hitler did it as a pagan
The US does it over land and oil, did it against the natives and also slaves and can't stop meddling in the ME, maybe their meddling is half the problem, maybe?
Again, no sky fairy needed, just selfishness and greed
originally posted by: TheLotLizard
It's sad to think that Persia was a very real superpower of its time. It's a shame to what it's become today. Such great history in those lands vanquished by radicalized religious men...
originally posted by: Ohanka
The Islamic State has been doing it's utmost to destroy the history and culture of the areas it occupies. They tried to destroy the ruins of Palmyra as well.
They also want to destroy the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Arguably the greatest structures ever built by man.
The latter isn't a new idea. The Pyramid of Menkaure is to this day scarred by a failed attempt to destroy it at the end of the 12th century.
It's all in vain. Soon the Islamic State will be defeated in Syria and Iraq, and this senseless destruction will be all that remains of their "Global Caliphate"
originally posted by: Ohanka
a reply to: CulturalResilience
They had golden peaks too. Truly would've been a sight to behold. Nothing like them built since. Largest structures on Earth for 3800 years.
I think when humans are long gone, all that remains of us will be those pyramids.