RevCarter: Ok, so, not to defend the Taliban on this front, but although there had been several previous fatwas suggesting that the stone Buddhas should be destroyed, the Taliban leadership had made it clear that they didn't feel that was a useful course of actionuntilA big NGO said they were going to spend several million dollars to restore the Buddhas...at which point the Taliban said, "Afghanistan is poor and has many serious problems. If you have millions of dollars to spend in Afghanistan please spend them on health and nutrition instead."The NGO said, "we spend our money the way we want to."At that point Mullah Omar told the Taliban, "I think you guys need some rappelling and demolitions practice."And thus...history...
phrawgh: It's not that big of a deal. It might be the only good thing they have done. Destroying false idols is good for all of us.
AverageAmericanGuy: Radicalism is a plague that needs to be eradicated.Unless it's 80's skateboarding radicalism, in which case it should be looked up on wistfully.
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