This was one of the Buddhas of Bamiyan.
This is the Taleban's paramount contribution to the heritage of Mankind.
What the Taleban did for the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the proponents of a global caliphate want to do for Western Civilization.
The words of their apologist do not support the actions we see.
Imagine if they gained power in Europe by bullet, ballot or tolerance. What if they controlled Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Prague, Vienna, Madrid... ?
Buddhas of Bamiyan
USATODAY.com - Why the Taliban are destroying Buddhas:
"In Afghanistan recently, supreme Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar issued an edict against un-Islamic graven images, which means all idolatrous images of humans and animals. As a result, the Taliban are destroying all ancient sculptures. Explosives, tanks, and anti-aircraft weapons blew apart two colossal images of the Buddha in Bamiyan Province, 230 kilometers (150 miles) from the capital of Kabul."
From : Detroit News 03/21/02 ( article no longer available )
"Taliban toiled for a month to topple ancient Buddhas."
And the obligatory hint from the BBC that it is our fault.
"Realizing that more expertise was needed, the Taliban summoned two Pakistani and two Arab explosives experts who residents say were provided by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
BBC News - Outcry as Buddhas are destroyed
** Found this a couple of days after this post:
" Some analysts believe the demolition of the statues may have come in retaliation for UN sanctions imposed for the Taleban's refusal to hand over Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden."
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