It is hardly to be believed that the ancient Parthian city of Hatra, more than 2,000 years old, in Iraq, is being demolished by ISIS. Nimrud, older still, was just bulldozed. Recently I wrote of the curious forces destroying ancient holy sites, and all else that is beautiful, in Mecca – destruction caused not by the invasion of Araby by the neo-imperialist troops of Western architecture (though they may be found committing cultural genocide all over the place), but by the ruling families of Saudi Arabia, who apparently hate history and consider modernism an attack on idolatry, or something like that. It is hard for a sane mind to figure out. Whatever the explanation, it does not excuse this travesty.
Read this BBC story, “Islamic State ‘demolish’ ancient Hatra site in Iraq,” and weep.