In a move reminiscent of the Taliban’s shocking destruction of the two massive ancient statues of the Buddha at Bamiyan in Afghanistan, ISIS militants are destroying sacred temples and art in Iraq in the name of Allah. This picture was posted on an affiliated website of their destruction of the tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul. It appears that Jonah may have survived the whale but could not escape the raw hatred of ISIS. In the meantime, sectarian atrocities have continued with the discovery of 50 blindfolded bodies south of Baghdad.
It appears that we have spent $4 trillion in both countries and lost thousands of soldiers only to have the the rise of the Taliban of Afghanistan and now an even worse group take control of much of Iraq (in addition to have Iran now openly intervening in the Iraq).
In an area where murderous religious fanatics are common, ISIS stands out as a particularly grotesque group that justified mass killings and destruction as the work of truly faithful Muslim. They are destroying tombstones and holy places as they move across the country. Jonah’;s tomb was gleefully destroyed by sledgehammers despite it being revered by Muslims and Christians alike.
The attack is the latest in the ISIS’s violent rampage across Iraq.
The Sunni group rejects the veneration of tombs and relics so they actively destroy the holy places of Shia, Christians and others. We have seen such atrocities committed by other Muslim extremist groups in other countries. Jonah is called the Prophet Younis by Muslims. They also reportedly destroyed the shrine of the Prophet Seth (Shayth). Dozens of shrines and Shia mosques in Mosul and the town of Tal Afar have been destroyed. They have also killed at least three Sunni clerics in Mosul who refused to leave the city. They are Khattab Hassan, 43, Riyadh al-Wandi, 39, and 48-year-old Abdul Ghafoor Salman.
Source: Daily Mail