|A war crime|
According to the head of UNESCO, the destruction of ancient temples in the ruins of Palmyra is “a war crime”. Baal Shamin, head of UN’s cultural agency describes it as an ‘immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity’.
So is this a war crime then?…
|Not a war crime ?|
Here we have ISIS barbarians murdering 400 civilians and chucking their bodies into a mass grave. Been there before haven’t we? I think it was called Nazi Germany.
And apparently the murder of the guardian of Palmyra, Syrian scholar Khaled al-Asaad seems to be downgraded to a ‘deplorable murder’. The man dedicated decades of his life to the preservation of the site and at the age of 82 had his head chopped off. He was then hung from a lamp post by his ankles and his severed head – with the glasses still on it – was placed on the ground below him.
Two things need to happen here :
(1) We need to get a sense of perspective as to what the hell these people are all about and what constitutes a war crime.
(2) We need to take appropriate action to deal with them. Now. Not later. Not after we have talked about it for months. Now.