Sunday, March 19, 2006

Ipocrisia Araba! Immutabile nei secoli! La storia delle statue di Budda.

On March 8th, 2001 at 1:15 local time in Afghanistan's Bamiyan Province, the Taliban demolished by explosion
the world's two largest statues of the standing Buddha.

These priceless antiquities, measuring 53 and 35 meters in height, were carved into a sandstone cliff in the Hindu Kush mountains of central Afghanistan some 1600 to 1700 years before.

Both images had already been subjected to anti-aircraft and tank fire before holes were drilled in their torsos and filled with dynamite. All appeals by the international community to save these sacred art treasures from destruction fell on deaf ears, as the Taliban relentlessly carried out their plan to rid Afghanistan of "idols" they considered offensive to Islam.

At the time, all the members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, condemned the Taliban: "All OIC states - including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, three countries that officially recognised the Taliban government - joined the protest to spare the monuments. A statement issued by the ministry of religious affairs of Taliban regime justified the destruction as being in accordance with Islamic law. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would later condemn the destruction as “savage.”

Today, Pakistan’s Daily Times reports that the Taliban had help from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia engineers.
"According to an account published here on Saturday, a local Afghan told the makers of a Swiss documentary on the giant statues which had stood there, carved in the side of a mountain for hundreds of years, had been destroyed by engineers from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The dynamiting of the statues took place in March 2001.
Swiss documentary filmmaker Christian Frei, who has made several documentaries that have won praise at various international film festivals, shot ‘The Giant Buddhas’ in Afghanistan. The film is due to be shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington on 26 March."


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