Was that what irked the small-minded Talibans’ behavior when they felt they had to destroy the giant Buddhist statues at Bamiyan in Afganistan in 2001?  Did the statues’ longevity mock those little minds and short lives so much that they had to create a religious reason to justify the destruction ?

In response to world outrage, leader Sheik Omar who ordered the destruction said that “all we are breaking are stones,” when he knew full well they were destroying something much deeper, more important.  Not Golden Calves or craven idols, they were the a symbolic source of identity (and income) to the locals, and to all who saw them an inspiration to do and be better.

Bamiyan Statue
before destruction

Bamiyan Statue
after destruction

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