Ian Johnston, a Staff Writer for NBC News, writes this about the recent destruction of archaeologically important sites in Mali: "To many in the West, such actions are simply wanton vandalism. However, experts say the thinking behind it is actually part of a wider tradition of rooting out idol-worship and superstition found in Christianity and Judaism as well as Islam." (Emphasis added.)
How dare they? Jews are not destroying religious symbols, idols, churches, or mosques, ever. And Christians do no such thing, either. But Muslims have been on a jihad to destroy the religious artifacts that non-Muslim believers hold precious. Only Muslims are doing this, and they are committing the greatest archaeological crimes in human history. They are doing this daily. The enemedia is silent on these crimes except when a crime is so egregious (i.e. Timbuktu's ancient manuscript destruction) that they can't ignore it, and only then do they obfuscate it (everybody does it!) and cover it to whitewash the motive.
The whole article uses a former jihadist as its expert. How about a legitimate source like Ibn Warraq or Robert Spencer? Ever?
More from NBC News: "Usama Hasan -- an Islamist for about 20 years, who now works to counter extremism at the U.K.'s Quilliam Foundation -- said most Muslims had 'a kind of tolerant attitude' and a 'live-and-let-live' approach toward such things....But Hasan said he understood the mindset of those condemned as cultural vandals 'very well' as he 'used to subscribe to it.'...Hasan said there were a number of stories explaining how the Sphinx lost its nose, but one account suggests that a religious figure in the 14th century, Saim El-Dahr, tried to get rid of it."
It's the same everywhere that Muslims seek to impose Islam. Destroy everything else, everything that is holy. In Israel, for a number of years already, there is the selected destruction of Christian and Jewish artifacts at the sites that are, of course, the places where the Jewish and Christian religions originated.
This is an Islamic pattern sanctioned by fatwa: to destroy religious icons, statues and artifacts of all other belief systems. This is part of the ummah's campaign to falsify all other religions. They built a mosque on top of the first Jewish temple and the second Jewish temple in Jerusalem; they took over thousands of churches -- the most notable being the Hagia Sophia -- and tens of thousands of Hindu temples. They destroyed thousands-of-year-old Buddhas in Afghanistan.
Natan Sharansky told me in a blogger interview, "For a number of years already, there is the selected destruction of Christian/Jewish artifacts which is of course the center for Jewish/Christian religion. On the temple mount, King Solomon stables up to the crusaders on...when the Taliban destroyed the Buddas in Afghanistan all the world was correctly enraged. Here we see the systematic, the biggest maybe in the history of geology/archeology, destruction of the most important artifacts for Christianity and Judaism. And the world knows nothing of this. Nobody is permitted to go and see and watch what's happening. Excavators are working there. They are taking thousands and thousands of pounds and thousands of artifacts and simply thrown out. It is perhaps one the largest archeological catastrophes in history."
And recently in Egypt, a jihad leader called for destruction of Pyramids and Sphinx. According to MINA, "an Egyptian jihad leader, with self-professed links to the Taliban, called for the 'destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt,' drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues....Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such 'idols.' 'All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,' he said on Saturday during a television interview on an Egyptian private channel, widely watched by Egyptian and Arab audiences." He added that Allah "ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols. When I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do."
And Islam web says: "There is a lot of Sharee'ah-based evidence proving that Muslims are to destroy idols and statues as long as they are able to do so, regardless of whether or not these idols are worshiped. This evidence includes the following:
First, it was narrated that the Prophet [Muhammad] answered 'Amr bin 'Abasah when he asked him about his mission, saying that Allaah The Almighty had sent him to strengthen ties of kinship and destroy idols so that He alone would be worshipped and nothing would be associated with Him."
Why didn't NBC report any of that? Why are they covering for this barbarity, instead of confronting it and demanding that it stop?
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of AtlasShrugs.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.
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