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I have previously posted on the topic of the stolen Sumerian tablets and bas-reliefs of ancient Babylon. Another critical element comes into play when discussing the UN. Again they have a hand in erasing human history. This time the crime is peacekeepers, tagging ancient caves with graffiti. Caves dating 15,000 years
One Croatian peacekeeper scrawled “Petar CroArmy” across a rock face. Extensive traces of pigment from rock painting are visible underneath. Another left behind Cyrillic graffiti, and “Evgeny” from Russia scribbled AUI, the code for the Minurso base at Aguanit. “Mahmoud” from Egypt left his mark at Rekeiz Lemgasem, and “Ibrahim” wrote his name and number over a prehistoric painting of a giraffe. “Issa”, a Kenyan major who signed his name and wrote the date, had just completed a UN course, Ethics in Peacekeeping, documents show.
Julian J. Harston, the UN’s representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara and head of Minurso, said that he had been shocked by the scale of the vandalism. After visiting two of the sites, including Devil Mountain, this week, he said: “I was appalled. You’d think some of them would know better. These are officers, not squaddies.” The UN would take action against any officers “kind enough to leave their calling card. We will report it to the troop-contributing countries. We can move them.”
It's a sad state affairs when the only way by which an individual feels they can leave a mark on this earth is to vandalise with ugly tags. Even worse when they deface something as historically important as this. These kinds of people are the lowest common denominator.
Originally posted by Astyanax
reply to post by InfaRedMan
Kilroy has always been here. And though I'd like to kick him just as hard as you would, he's just a sad reflection of the fact that human beings in general are a bit rubbish, really.