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@RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge: War and Fame

In response to Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge.

war-weary landscape

seeks deeper infamy, so

deepens destruction

I was shocked again with the latest video that ISIS proudly dumped into the lap of the world media. It is not enough for them to destroy their own people and threaten to destroy the rest of the world – they have attacked their own history, one of ‘the cradles of civilisation’.

“Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group’s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East.

The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.” – from The Guardian website http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/26/isis-fighters-destroy-ancient-artefacts-mosul-museum-iraq

Destruction: Isis thugs push a statue to the ground at a museum in Mosul. Source: UK’s Mirror (Yes I know the Mirror isn’t a great source but they had actual stills of the video posted)

 

This is messed up, but unfortunately it is nothing new. The two largest standing statues of Buddah were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

Ancient Archeological Sites That Were Destroyed By Stupid Humans

There are so many examples of hateful people destroying art, culture and knowledge, not just in the middle east but all over the world. The Nazi’s book burnings. Pol Pot’s decapitation of Buddhist statues. These are not acts of one country invading another – the desecration is self-inflicted. It is so, so sad.

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I took this picture in 2010

 

We believe certain things are sacred, that they will be kept and preserved for the good of the human race even when we war against each other. It is a terrible truth that nothing is sacred, especially when it can be used to incite further fear and hatred.

 

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9 thoughts on “@RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge: War and Fame

  1. I’ve been “around” for many years now, and I still don’t understand the mindset that dictates:
    – I don’t understand you (and don’t want to try) so I will kill you.
    – Your beliefs are different from mine so I will kill you.
    – These historical artifacts are of no interest to me so I will destroy them.
    – Even though killing you in your own country does nothing to gain support for me, I will do it anyway.
    – Even though every main stream religion in the world teaches peace and understanding, my core belief is the right one. All the mainstream ones are wrong.
    – It is my desire to totally isolate myself from any chance of world wide acceptance.

    The only conclusion I can reach is that some young, vulnerable minds are being taken advantage of, by developing the frustrations that they already have in their lives to a point where to die actually makes sense to them as a useful end to an anticipated fruitless life. If that is true, then it would seem unrealistic to expect to eliminate terrorism such as this unless the root causes are identified and resolved. Perhaps if the difference between the “have” and “have not” countries could be minimized? I wonder if we are prepared to lower our standard of living so that others’ can be raised?

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    • Thank you for responding so thoroughly! I honestly cannot say what would ‘fix’ this bizarre instinct towards violence and hate. I don’t believe it’s just because of the have and the have nots (although obviously equality is something we must aspire to), because like we’ve seen with ‘Jihadist John’, it’s not just those without who sign up for extremism. Being born in the western world I recognise we also have issues with our sense of entitlement, our unwillingness to share, and our need to be superior – therefore, someone else needs to be inferior. Equality is not enough – we need contentment. It is a massive task to try to achieve that for all the world. But at the very least, we can try to spread love and understanding bit by bit. You’ve done that by blogging! And thank you for commenting!

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    • I just wanted to write a haiku, but then I found I had more to say, which led me to research more and… bloody hell, it’s depressing to read about it all but it would be worse if we just forgot about it and ignored it. Thanks once again for you comments Norah 🙂

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  2. Well, you know me. And you know I just don’t get it. I’m of the type that says just let people and things alone as long as they aren’t hurting you or anyone else. This is one reason I am okay with my memory problems. I can sometimes forget the idiots of the world.

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