In one moment,
a mob of barbarians
can destroy a country's history,
can erase the work of lifetimes of scholars,
can inflict a wound on humanity that it will still be suffering 1,000 years later -
long after the religion and philosophy and cause of the barbarians is forgotten.
This evil was to be repeated in Mao's ignorant
in the 20th century, when again
much of poor battered China's heritage was lost.
defends the West hoarding the treasures of the rest of the world
- because the West is safe.
In reply to someone saying items in British museums
were looted by foreigners
"Well, we should be thankful that it was.
If it had
stayed in China, it would have been smashed up by Red Guards
during the Cultural
The pagan and scientist
was martyred by Christians at Alexandria in 415 AD.
It has been claimed by many that the final destruction of the library was
by the Muslim conquest of Alexandria
in 641 AD,
the following story is legend:
The story goes that
when asked what to do with the library after the capture of Alexandria,
(advisor to and father-in-law of
The Prophet Muhammad)
"If the books are in accordance with the
book of Allah,
we may do without them,
for the book of Allah more than suffices.
If they are not in accordance, then there is no need to preserve them."
The words may be legend,
but did the Muslims carry out the final destruction anyway?
It is apparently not known.
"There is good evidence that the library itself was destroyed
long before the Arabs arrived in Egypt."
"We found a great number of books ...
and since they contained nothing but superstitions and falsehoods of the Devil we burned them
- Catholic Bishop Diego De Landa
after burning books of Mayan history and science, 1562.
Their violence and cruelty
seems somewhat at odds with the values of their founder
St. Francis of Assisi,
but maybe not.
The Franciscans were also
strong supporters of
the genocide of the
Catholic Nazi state in Croatia
in the mid-20th century,
and participated in the killing.
The French Revolution
burnt much of France's history.
Old registers, genealogies, title deeds, medieval manuscripts
and other ancient records
were piled in town squares and burnt by the mob.
The library of the
Catholic University of Louvain
by the Germans
in WWI in 1914.
This was not the library of the
medieval University of Louvain (founded 1425)
which was closed back in 1797. Its library contents largely survive in Paris and Brussels.
However, many precious old books and manuscripts were present in the new university's library.
Among the priceless artifacts destroyed forever by the Germans was
Rongorongo text E
from Easter Island.
The library of the
Catholic University of Louvain
before the Germans burnt it in 1914.
The Irish Times,
August 29, 1914,
on the burning of the library of Louvain.
disgraces his name forever
by writing graffiti on an ancient Egyptian temple.
His entire country is ashamed and angry with him.
Only one thing will ever come up when you Google his name
for the rest of his life.
burnt the beautiful old
headquarters of the Jesuits
in Dublin, 2007, destroying forever their library.
Homeless man Patrick Currie
on Meath St, Dublin, in Jan 2012.
This is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Dublin, with parish records dating from
It moved to Meath St in 1782.
The current building is from 1858.
(Not to be confused with the far more ancient Protestant
on nearby Thomas St, Dublin.)
The deliberate destruction of heritage
for religious, political and commercial reasons
has been commonplace throughout history.
That is why so little heritage survives today.
For example, most of medieval Dublin was demolished for commercial reasons
in the age of prosperity that began
with the Restoration of 1660
and accelerated after Williamite victory in 1690.
Medieval Dublin had mostly vanished
by the end of the Regency in 1820.
The last ordinary medieval house in Dublin.
(The last timber framed house in Dublin.)
This was on the corner of Castle St and Werburgh St.
demolished in 1813.
of this corner.
"Ancient Houses of Dublin",
The Dublin Penny Journal,
16 Feb 1833.
Some savage in May 2012 vandalises one of the prettiest buildings in Dublin,
See full size.
Tailors Hall was formerly hidden inside the block
(see red cross on 1887 to 1913 map).
But with the road widening, its rear is now exposed on High St
(see red cross on modern map
and modern satellite view).
systematically destroyed every book and artwork
that they deemed "un-Islamic",
including all books with pictures,
and all statues in the country.
The Northern Alliance also burned thousands of books in the Kabul Public Library.
In early 2001, in the last months of their evil, barbaric regime,
the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas.
This is all these fascists will be remembered for
in a thousand years time,
when everything else about their
ignorant movement is forgotten.
Japan offered to remove or cover the Bamiyan Buddhas
but the Taliban savage
Abdul Salam Zaeef
criticising them for not converting to Islam.
"think what the Taliban and their ilk ... would do to the religious art of Europe if ever these barbarians got a chance."
Zaeef spent time in Guantanamo
but is now free and back in Afghanistan.
The monumental 6th century AD
Buddhas of Bamiyan,
(built before Islam was invented).
Destroyed by the ignorant, illiterate religious maniacs,
the Taliban, in 2001.
Later that year, after they helped attack America, the Taliban regime was destroyed
and thousands of Taliban maniacs killed by the
Image from here.
destroy the 6th century AD
Buddhas of Bamiyan
in the Islamic tyranny of the
in Feb 2012, a mob of Islamic fascists invaded the
destroyed forever these ancient coral stone Buddhist statues on Tue 7 Feb 2012.
About 35 exhibits - mostly
images of Buddha and Hindu gods
- were destroyed.
Some of the artifacts dated to the 6th century AD.
The Thoddoo head
99 percent of the Maldives' pre-Islamic artifacts (pre-12th century)
which has pictures of the destroyed artifacts.
"They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past"
said a museum official.
Their tourist industry will soon be gone.
Islam causes poverty.
Jobar Synagogue, Damascus, was destroyed in the war in 2013-2014.
The timeline of its destruction is unclear.
It was reported that looted
ancient Torah scrolls
from the Synagogue
were being held by jihadists.
ISIS jihadi fighters in Syria destroying a 3,000 year-old Assyrian statue, May 2014.
issue 8, released March 2015,
celebrates the destruction of the region's ancient heritage.
The world needs a leader who will
Temple of Baal
(1st century AD)
(and all of Palmyra)
was deliberately destroyed by the vermin of ISIS in 2015-17.
They beheaded the archaeologist
Khaled al-Asaad on 18 August 2015.
Sultan of Egypt,
and son of the Muslim leader Saladin,
tried to destroy the Pyramids in 1196.
This Muslim religious fanatic
started by attacking the
Pyramid of Menkaure
which he mutilated but did not manage to demolish.
He eventually gave up because the task was too big.
The Sphinx of Egypt has a missing nose.
It was written in the 1400s that the Sphinx was
mutilated in 1378 by a local
Incredibly, a new destruction of Egyptian history has begun
during the deeply unpleasant
Egyptian revolution of 2011 that makes one
despair for the future of Egypt.
Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo, was badly damaged by an Islamist bomb attack on nearby police HQ, Jan 2014.
Windows blown out. Ceiling comes down.
Summary of damage:
"74 precious artifacts [were] destroyed and .. 90 were damaged but repairable.
The museum had nearly 1,471 artifacts on display .. and 96,000 objects in storage."
During the sordid
Egyptian revolution of
Jan 2011, barbarians attack the
Above they smash
a model boat from Asyut
dating from approximately 2000 BC,
on Ancient Egyptian sites round the country,
in this most disgusting of revolutions.
Egyptians burn their own history, Dec 2011.
(Institute of Egypt)
was founded in 1798 and was burnt by Egyptian protesters on 17 December 2011.
Photos from here.
by Daniel Pipes, 27 Dec 2011:
"I treasured this little-known gem for its library .. its symbol as the capstone of Orientalist learning in Egypt, its evocation of a different and better era, and the quietude it offered in a city with few such oases."
calls the burning a
"self-inflicted Islamic-inspired lobotomy ..
a massive setback for the human enterprise and a victory for the forces of ignorance and darkness."
Pipes asks if the Islamist barbarians will burn the
Maybe soon all that will survive of the
will be the replicas.
The beautiful 4th century AD mosaic at
Like Nazis attacking Jewish graves, or the Taliban destroying statues,
Jewish religious fascists attack the mosaic in May 2012.
An employee of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority says:
"Afghanistan is right here".
Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
Twitter is broken, 2016 on:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
promised to end the censorship.
But it looks like a false dawn.
One day, we will have a better place to gather.