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Frank81 November 23rd, 2012 12:58 PM

Mes Aynak: the jewel of Buddhist Afghanistan to be destroyed in December 2012
 
Yes fellows, unfortunatelly the Afghan gobvernment gave to a Chinese mining company authorization to extract the copper beneath the syte. It can be the second largest copper of the world. The Chinese will destroy half of the city in two months

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Ancient site needs saving not destroying - CNN.com

[ame="http://vimeo.com/38578836"]The Buddhas of Mes Aynak - Teaser Trailer on Vimeo[/ame]




Signs to save the city

Petition | President Hamid Karzai: Prevent destruction of ancient site of Mes Aynak & the environmental damage | Change.org

Linschoten November 23rd, 2012 01:06 PM

Unbelievable, I wonder how much Karzai and his cronies have been given in the way of sweeteners. The fanatics have merely been replaced by crooks.

Jhangora November 23rd, 2012 02:07 PM

It is for the Afghan people to decide what is good for them. Do you seriously think this petition will make a difference? I think it is just a waste of time.

Linschoten November 23rd, 2012 02:56 PM

'It is for the Afghan people to decide what is good for them.' Do you really suppose that it is the Afghan people who are deciding this, rather than the small group of people who will profit from it? Or that any people have an absolute right to destroy an artistic and cultural heritage of which they are merely the temporary custodians?

Petyo November 23rd, 2012 03:19 PM

Considering the Afghans are muslim, if questioned, will they even want to preserve this particular heritage?

Frank81 November 23rd, 2012 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Jhangora (Post 1266062)
It is for the Afghan people to decide what is good for them. Do you seriously think this petition will make a difference? I think it is just a waste of time.


I usually try to fight every battle, even if I can add 0.00000001% of the effort.

From my point of view, heritage is valuable both in terms of economy and culture, specially in the long run. By destroying this syte, Afghans become less rich in fact.

Gudenrath November 23rd, 2012 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Petyo (Post 1266136)
Considering the Afghans are muslim, if questioned, will they even want to preserve this particular heritage?

Why not? Don't you think that for some their national heritage is important as well? Or do you think Muslims in general are special and unlike every other peoples in this regard?

Petyo November 23rd, 2012 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Gudenrath (Post 1266212)
Don't you think that for some their national heritage is important as well?

Of course! And I hope they constitute the larger part of their nation.
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Originally Posted by Gudenrath (Post 1266212)
Or do you think Muslims in general are special and unlike every other peoples in this regard?

When their religion is combined with poverty, bad education and fundamentalism - yes, I think so. Let us not forget the Talibans' appreciation of pre-islamic statues..

Gudenrath November 23rd, 2012 06:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Petyo (Post 1266233)
When their religion is combined with poverty, bad education and fundamentalism - yes, I think so. Let us not forget the Talibans' appreciation of pre-islamic statues..

Or that the Taliban is not representative of the general Afghan population, in fact most of them aren't even Afghan.

Linschoten November 24th, 2012 01:23 AM

Alas, it does make a real difference if people in some Muslim countries don't value their non-Islamic or pre-Islamic heritage, even they're not positively iconoclastic in that regard like the Taliban.


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