Destruction in Syria

News came today (via) that the oldest surviving part of the Great Mosque of Aleppo, a minaret that was built in 1090 and survived a fire that destroyed parts of the mosque in 1159 and survived even the Mongols in 1260, was destroyed in fighting between the Syrian rebels and government forces. The government is claiming that the rebels blew it up, for what purpose is anybody’s guess, and the rebels are claiming that a shell from a government tank did the deed. Either way, a precious bit of Syrian heritage is gone forever, and I would argue that, whatever your feelings about the Syrian rebellion, there is no justification for something like this. It goes without saying that the massive loss of life in this conflict is sickening and astonishing, but the wanton destruction of centuries-old, irreplaceable pieces of cultural heritage is also sickening.

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