ISIS Blows up Ancient Nineveh Wall
by Weam Namou
I just received an email from one of my friends, Nahren. She wrote:
“I am in tears again as I write this update. I am devastated to report and confirm that the walls of Nineveh, one of the greatest Assyrian archaeological sites in the world, is being detonated and a large portion of the walls have been leveled with explosives conducted by ISIS terrorists. This day is a grieving day for all people especially the ones who have respect for ancient and priceless history. The landmarks of the Cradle of Civilization are being detonated as the world stands still and the people who created them are being sacrificed.”
Located in northern Iraq near the modern city of Mosul, Nineveh served as the capital of the Assyrian Empire from 705 to 612 BC and was described in the Book of Jonah as an “exceedingly great city.” In 612, after it was attacked and reduced to rubble by a combination of Medes, Babylonians, and Susianians, Nineveh was left lost and buried until its rediscovery by archaeologists in the mid-19th century.
“These are the types of destructions that will occur when the international community is sleeping at the wheel,” continued Nahren in her email. “What are you waiting for? Innocent people are being slaughtered and priceless history is being detonated that have lasted for almost 7,000 years!”
I suppose the international community is busy honoring the death of the Saudi King, the man who funded radical terrorist groups. Here at home, many people are busy hating on Michael Moore and other celebrities who are using their First Amendment rights to express their opinions. Others are caught up with the women who suddenly popped up, over 40 years after the fact, to accuse Bill Cosby of date rape.
One wonders where our priorities are and how much of our power we have given away that we are forced to deal with petty matters which in the long run will have no real significance for us. Yet serious matters like ISIS, which might one day come knocking on our door, we give over to our government and our military in the hopes that they take care of it while we continue to enjoy an easy life. Unfortunately, it does not work that way.
If we don’t become politically fit, the problem is not going to go away.
It is horrific that this is happening to that ancient site. That any ancient site has been destroyed like that in the past as well. And just as horrible that the people are being tortured, injured and dying as well. The whole world is filled with terrorists.
ISIS is the scariest phenomenon of the century. Like the Taliban who blew up the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, they have no regard for culture or history, not even for human life! We continue to bury our heads in the sand, to fuss about unimportant things, because the magnitude of this threat is more than we as individuals can handle. As for our governments, as your friend says, they fell asleep at the wheel. Looks like they never saw it coming and don’t know how to tackle the monster.