The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) is not only a threat to lives, but to the cultural heritage of the world — which is why the world ought to annihilate it. The latest savagery:
Syrian activists say the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) militant group has demolished yet another treasured heritage site in Palmyra. The destruction of the near 2,000-year-old Arch of Triumph comes after the group destroyed the shrine of Baalshamin and the Temple of Bel, regarded as Palmyra’s masterpiece.
The group seized the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in May. IS has carried out a campaign of destruction against heritage sites in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq. It beheaded Palmyra’s 82-year-old former antiquities chief in mid-August.
“We have received news from the site that the Arch of Triumph was destroyed yesterday [Sunday]. IS booby-trapped it several weeks ago,” Maamun Abdulkarim, Syria’s head of antiquities, told AFP news agency. “This is a systematic destruction of the city. They want to raze it completely,” he said. The arch sat atop the famed colonnaded streets to the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia.
IS has set about destroying pre-Islamic monuments, tombs and statues it considers idolatrous, but experts say it is funding its “caliphate” by selling artifacts on the black market.
The Obama administration’s inaction against ISIS tells you all you need to know about which side it’s on in the battle between civilization and barbarism.