The destruction of Nimrod and other treasures from antiquity by ISIL

12INT8_0An ISIL militant commiting Cultural genocide

This is not the first time that the ISIL destroys in a barbaric way what is World Heritage and belongs to all of humanity. It is our link to the past of glorious civilizations like the Assyrian Empire that was founded in the 13th century before Christ.

the_biblical_city_of_nimrud_by_giovanino-d4fuoynA painting despicting Nimrod in Biblical times

This time ISIS militants hammered, bulldozed and ultimately blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrod, destroying a site dating back to the 13th century BC. The destruction at Nimrod, located near the militant-held city of Mosul, follows other attacks on antiquity carried out by the group now holding a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in its self-declared caliphate.

The attacks have horrified archaeologists, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who last month called the destruction at Nimrod “a war crime.” as well as most of the civilized world. A  seven-minute video some days ago shows bearded militants using sledgehammers, jackhammers and saws to take down huge alabaster reliefs depicting Assyrian kings and deities. A bulldozer brings down walls, while militants fill barrels with explosives and later destroy three separate areas of the site in massive explosions.

The level of fanatism and ignorance is expressed in the opinions of some of these militants. “God has honoured us in the Islamic State to remove all of these idols and statutes worshipped instead of Allah in the past days,” one militant says in the video. Another militant vows that “whenever we seize a piece of land, we will remove signs of idolatry and spread monotheism.”

Nimrod, founded in the 13th century BC, until now was one of the most famous archaeological sites in a country often described as the cradle of civilisation. The ancient city was first described in 1820 and plundered by Western explorers and officials over subsequent decades. It was also looted and damaged during the 2003 US invasion because of this most of Nimrod’s priceless artefacts were moved long ago to museums in Mosul, Baghdad, Paris, London and elsewhere but giant “lamassu” statues — winged bulls with human heads — and reliefs were still on site.

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The militants have been destroying ancient relics they say promote idolatry that violate their fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law, including the ancient Iraqi city of Hatra, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Authorities also believe they’ve sold others on the black market to fund their atrocities. Some of the figures in the video released Saturday at Nimrud appeared to have rebar, ribbed bars of steels designed to reinforce concrete that is a technique of modern building.

The Assyrians first rose around 2,500 BC and at one point ruled over a realm stretching from the Mediterranean coast to what is present-day Iran.

They left dozens of palaces and temples decorated with huge reliefs mainly depicting their kings’ military campaigns and conquests, hunting lions and making sacrifices to the gods. Their main hallmark was the colossal winged man-headed lions or bulls, protective deities put at the entrances of palaces and temples.

NimrodFinishing the job!

ISIL and its militants must be made acountable for all their crimes. They have hijacked Islam and the Islamic leaders of the world should proclaim a Fatwa agains them. Their heinous crimes against anyone who does not agree with their mistaken interpretation of Islam including other followers of Islam,  and the Cultural genocide they are commiting regularly MUST be stopped mainly by the Islamic states. Is lslamic states that play by international rules and respect their neighbours. Many of the militants have been deluded by lies and should be de-radicalized and rehabilitated but this difficult task can only be done by true followers of Islam with patience and compassion. The war against ISIL can not be won in the battle field only.

I have many Muslim friends in different parts of the world and they are wonderful kind, tolerant and compassionate people and they all agree that the Islam that ISIL follow and are trying to impose through crimes against humanity is not Islam. I could not agree more!

Disenchanted youth and why they should be taught to be MOTIVATED!

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I just found some days ago that the thirteen year old son of someone I love very much is smoking hashish. Smoking at that age is obviously not healthy because the the body is not physically developed and it is definitely harmful for his health but what worries me most is that mentally at that age one is not developed enough to understand what is to be under the influence of a substance even if it is not strong and socially acceptable.

Please do not take me wrong. I am a believer that drugs should be legal and controlled and sold by the government as not only it would mean an end to the mafias that now control this profitable market but it would also mean revenue for the government and a control on quality etc.  There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best way forward. But let us go back to my friends son. When she told me I realized how confused and worried she was and I asked her why as I tried to reassure her that it was most certainly just  a passing phase of rebellion. She confided in me that the fact that he was smoking was though disturbing, not what worried her. Her grave concern came after her son told her that he did not like this world and the injustice in it!

Why would a young teenager  with a solid good education and a loving family feel so disturbed by the world around him  and have no motivation to do anything about it? This made me think and think until I came to the conclusion that today’s youth have grown in a technological world with values very different to ours and as they grow many of them see that truly the world is not a just place and they realize they have nothing to look forward or at least this is what they feel. So what can we do to help them?

My sister Charis and I have written a lovely novel, The Twilight of the Fourth World which is an epic fantasy full of beautiful messages directed mainly to the young of the world but also to all of us adults, that still have their youngster alive in them.  Everybody with help can start seeing the glass half full instead of half empty.

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I have decided to write an e-book that will be distributed at a small cost world wide recounting a story that will inspire and motivate the young of the world. I will write it and dedicate it to my friend’s son and hopefully I can help him find his way. I agree with him that the world is not a fair place and that their is much ugliness around us, but there is also much beauty. it has never been fair. It was not fair in our time or in our parents time. That is the way of the world but we can do things to make the world a better place and one of them is not complaining.

We must all start by practicing gratitude and counting all our blessings. There is always someone that is in a worst place than ours  and therefore everything is relative. How about inspiring those youths that feel lost and disenchanted to become volunteers in their free time and help those less fortunate than them? Giving and helping others is a most enriching experience that makes one  feel very satisfied and enriched. The feeling of being needed!

I hope that I will succeed in my endeavor. I will definitely will put everything I have into achieving this goal and I Invite all my readers to make suggestions and participate in this beautiful project with suggestions, ideas and even personal experiences and stories.

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A teenager should be happy and discovering all the wonderful things that the Universe has to offer. It is a period of discovery and joy and should never be one of sadness and depression.

Thank You!

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