The Islamic State Blows Up Sand: Time to Pull Out the Jokes

As many of you know, the Islamic State has resorted to destroying ancient architecture in Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apparently buildings that predate their prophet are offensive. So, in addition to murdering innocent civilians for not following the same god—or not following that god hard enough—they’re taking their frustration out on innocent piles of rock. Am I the only one who finds this ridiculously childish? Not merely childish, but childish to so far an extreme that the only logical reaction is to mock the Islamic State?

I’m serious here. After reading about yet another attack against an abandoned city, I’m starting to feel like we’ve gone way beyond the point where mere condemnation is appropriate. I mean these are men whose feelings are so fragile that they are insulted and outraged because ~4,000 years ago a non-Muslim civilization existed. Keep in mind this was ~2,500 years before Islam was born. They’re throwing a tantrum over something that couldn’t possibly have been built to challenge their beliefs. Besides, the paganism that began the city was eventually replaced with Christianity, which was in turn replaced with Islam for about 1,100 years until the city was abandoned!!!

The Islamic State’s emotions are so feeble that they can’t even coexist with symbols of their own history. They’d rather bomb uninhabited piles of sand and rock than to live in a world where sand and rock had non-Islamic meaning more than a thousand years ago.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is worthy of and deserves the highest form of mockery.

About Rayan Zehn

I'm a political scientist.
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