Waging War on History
Lunatics Destroying Historical Shrines, Statues and Religious Icons of History
3-14-19, Victor Davis Hanson -- Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction during the French Revolution has the world seen anything like the current war on the past.
In the last two years there has been a rash of statue toppling throughout the American South, aimed at wiping out memorialization of Confederate heroes. The pretense is that the Civil War can only be regarded as tragic in terms of the present oppression of the descendants of Southern slaves --154 years after the extinction of the Confederate states. The statue of Robert E. Lee was removed after it was vandalized at Duke University.
The subtext of most current name changing and icon toppling is that particular victimized groups blame their current plight on the past. They assume that by destroying long-dead supposed enemies, they will be liberated -- or at least feel better in the present.
In 2015, Islamic terror group ISIS militants entered a museum in Mosul, Iraq, and destroyed ancient, pre-Islamic statues and idols. In 2001, the primeval Islamic terror group the Taliban blew up two ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan. Their mute crimes? They preexisted Mohammad and their very existence was sacrilegious to Islam. More here and here and here
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