Another day, another giant Buddha destroyed.
Yup. It’s that bunch of cheerful Saudi funded Iconoclasts, better known as the Taliban, trying to purify the region of pagan idols.
These treasures were made 2200 years ago during the spread of Buddhism in the area. Later Muslim conquerers allowed the statues to remain intact, and in recent times they have been a tourist attraction, especially for Buddhists from nearby Asian countries.
However, the Taliban are not restricted to destroying statues of this great man of peace:
Last week, militants blew up about 60 music, video and cosmetics stalls at a market in the valley after stall owners ignored warnings to close businesses deemed un-Islamic.
Yup…no Bollywood films or rock and roll either.
Lest you think that this nutso group represent the average Muslim Pakistani, remember that previous Islamic governments had left the statues remain undisturbed for over a thousand years.
Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.Â