News and views Monday, 5th of October 2015: Islamic State destroys ancient Palmyra arch

Islamic state militants practicing to the full have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch as another sad expression of their Muslim faith, though that’s not the end of the story, because this kind of evil has (perhaps unsurprisingly) resulted in a wave of hatred against Christianity! “The Christians did this with thousands of Roman temples.” One poster remarked while commenting on the destruction of the Baalshamin temple in Palmyra, whereas others are in praise of “real” Islam for the devastation yet caused in its name. As usual Islam no matter the death and destruction it inspires will be praised by certain delusion people in the Western world, while those of us who aren’t allergic to a daily dose of reality will just have to remind them that this is what Islam does in people.


Faithful Muslims have been destroying and attempting to rewrite history since its early years, an example would be in the destruction of the library of Alexandria, which early Muslim historians boast of burning down and destroying in their ongoing failure to subjugate the world. And although many are blamed for the ultimate destruction of so great a cultural treasure, Muslim writers gladly take credit, moreover non-Muslims writing near to the final attack on the library are an echo of their remarks. Syriac Christian and writer Bar-Hebraeus (1226–1286) confirmed as much when they translated extracts from their history into Arabic, in addition to adding extra Arab sources they explained how a man named John Grammaticus (490–570) asked Amr concerning books in the library: “… Amr writes to Omar for instructions, and Omar replies: “If those books are in agreement with the Quran, we have no need of them; and if these are opposed to the Quran, destroy them.” (More here)

So recent events featuring the Islamic state are no different from Mohammad saying “Jesus didn’t die upon the cross!or when early Mohammedans insisted Alexander the Great was a faithful Muslim, they’re all ridiculous lies and require mass amounts of destruction and murder just to continue being believed. Though in spite of the testimonies of Abd’l Latif of Baghdad, Al-Maqrizi, Al-Qifti, Bar-Hebraeus and Ibn Khaldun modern day lefties and Mohammedans do have replies to the above destruction, and their most telling reply is summed up by James Hannam: “… the story comes from the hand of a Christian intellectual” And that’s all the justification an Islamic convert really needs to dismiss the truth. Undisputed facts like Jesus was crucified or Mohammad had a man tortured to death for money (in the mind of Muslims) only goes to show there are too many Christians and not enough crosses, too many books and not enough bonfires. It’s the light of truth that has to be extinguished by Mohammedans because it’s that same light which shows their prophet to have been a liar, and their Islamic history a sham built upon the blood of the saints.

― T. C. M

Syrian activists said late Sunday that Islamic State (ISIS) militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest victim in the group’s campaign to destroy historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

The Arch of Triumph was one of the most recognizable sites in Palmyra, the central city affectionately known by Syrians as the “Bride of the Desert,” which the ISIS group seized in May. The monumental arch sat atop the famed colonnaded streets of the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia and the East.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ISIS group blew up the arch but left the colonnades in place.

An opposition activist who uses the name Khaled al-Homsi also posted on Twitter late Sunday that the militants destroyed the arch. Al-Homsi was a nephew of Khaled al-Asaad, the 81-year-old antiquities scholar and long-time director of the Palmyra site who relatives and witnesses say was beheaded by ISIS militants in August.

Palmyra’s sprawling Roman-era complex, which also includes remains of temples to local gods and goddesses, has been under attack from ISIS. The Sunni extremists impose a violent interpretation of Islamic law across a self-declared “caliphate,” declaring such ancient relics promote idolatry and saying they are destroying them as part of their purge of paganism. However, they are also believed to sell off looted antiquities, bringing in significant sums of cash.

In recent weeks, ISIS militants blew up two famed temples in Palmyra. Satellite images showed the temples, each nearly 2,000 years old, reduced to rubble. Three ancient tower tombs were also eradicated.


The temple of Baalshamin, a structure of giant stone blocks several stories high fronted by six towering columns, was dedicated to a god of storm and rain — the name means literally “Lord of the Heavens.”

The even larger and slightly older Temple of Bel, dating back to 32 AD, was a unique merging of ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman architecture. It was dedicated to the Semitic god Bel and is considered one of the most important religious buildings of the first century. The temple consisted of a central shrine within a colonnaded courtyard with a large gateway, within a complex that has other ruins, including an amphitheater and some tombs.

ISIS’s targeting of priceless cultural artifacts has sparked global outrage and accusations of war crimes.

UNESCO, the U.N. heritage agency, has called the destruction an “intolerable crime against civilization.”

Before the outbreak of Syria’s war in March 2011, Palmyra’s UNESCO heritage site was one of the top tourist attractions in the Middle East.

Heritage sites have been damaged constantly since Syria’s war began. Syrian government officials say they have transferred some 300,000 artifacts to safe places in recent years, including from ISIS-controlled areas.

In addition to pre-Islamic sites, the militants have also targeted churches, mosques and museums.

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