- Mar 2, 2001MONDAY
Calling statuues an insult to Islam, Afganistan's
hard-line Taliban rulers on Monday ordered that
they all be destroyed, including this Fifth century
Buddah,one of two over 100 feet tall and carved
out of a mountain [at Bamyan] west of Kabul.
Taliban soldiers,using everything from rocket launchers
to tanks have begun to destroy all "idolatrous" images
in Afganistan-- including two ancient statues of Buddha
carved into the face of a mountain. The head of UNESCO
has asked other Islamic nations to pressure the Taliban to
stop, while the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York has pleaded for the artifacts to be donated to
These people are pigs.
their oppression of women in the name of
Islam is already legendary--now this.
At the newsstand this week I saw a Time
magazine article about the crippling drought
plaguing that nation on top of trade sanctions
intended to weaken the grip of the Taliban.
The population is in terrible shape and this
iconoclastic frenzy is how the decide to use
If you look at the attachment you will see that
the face of the the statue at Bamyan has already
been destroyed by some earlier wave of religious
vandalism --whether Hindu or Islamic-- i forget.
Also,more related lunacy---
In Chariot of the Gods, Eric Von Daniken,
says that this figure was originally the image of an alien
that was recarved into a Buddah.