March 10, 2015

Dimwits defacing the Roman Colosseum

In recent weeks, the Terrorist Group ISIS, in Iraq and Syria, has destroyed numerous ancient Assyrian artifacts including statuary in the Mosul Museum. 

ISIS members destroying artifacts at the Mosul Museum in Iraq
It has also been reported that they have used bulldozers in the ruins of the ancient cities of Nimrud and Khorsabad, trying to rip out ancient structures. 

They destroy statues because they don't like "idols".  The fact that these statues have not been worshipped as idols in 3,000 years doesn't matter to these fundamentalists. 

Additionally, they want to bulldoze historical sites because they don't want evidence of any society that existed in their region before the rise of the Islamic religion. 

We can expect this from ISIS militants because they believe in death and destruction as a normal way of life. 

However......We now see that two young women from California (ages 21 and 25) went to the Colosseum in Rome this past week and decided, in their wisdom, to take a coin and try to scratch their initials into the structure. Other tourists spotted these women diligently digging away, trying to incise a "J" and an "N" into a wall. These women were reported to the authorities.  

The Colosseum of Rome
These women have been charged by the Italian police with aggravated damage to a building of historical and artistic interest. 

In the 400 years that the Colosseum was used as an arena upwards of 500,000 men and women may have died there.  Many were gladiators or criminals and tens of thousands of these victims were Christian martyrs who died for their faith. Regardless of who died there, this is not a place to inscribe your initials upon. 

The women involved stated that they didn't think that defacing a building that is almost 2,100 years old was a "big deal".  

A male Russian tourist, age 42, was recently charged with defacing the Colosseum and was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and a 20,000 Euro fine, which he can't afford to pay.  

In 2014, tourists from Australia, Brazil and Canada all tried to leave their mark at the Colosseum by carving on it. 

If every tourist did this, the structure would be totally marred. 

Question: Who does this nonsense in this day and age?  
Answer:  ISIS militants and other morons who place no value on the history of the human race. 

Vincente Fox, the former President of Mexico, has said:  "Monuments and archaeological pieces serve as testimonies of man's greatness and establish a dialogue between civilizations showing the extent to which human beings are linked."

God save us from those who deface and obliterate our past.  Amen.

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