Blowing Up History – Victor Davis Hanson
July 21, 2012 3 Comments
What do the radical Islamists and our environmental Nazis have in common with a lot of our professors? The title tells you. I imagine you remember when the Taliban ignoring the protests of the entire world, blew up the twin Buddhas of Bamiyam. There are tomb desecrations (not to say destruction) going on in Timbuktu, and works of man threatened in the United States as well. These works of man are a monument to where we have come from and the hard road we have taken. Victor Davis Hanson‘s article below will tell you a lot about it.
But there is something else being destroyed, the history of western civilization, the wonders of our progress from barbarian tribes before Greece and Rome to our almost unbelievable civilization now, which is making its own destruction possible. Our revisionist (so-called) historians have perverted so much of the story of freedom and liberty that Burke, and Jefferson, and the rest of those old, dead guys wouldn’t recognize themselves. Why? To make themselves our masters, is why. Last night I quoted Howard Roark, Ayn Rand‘s hero in The Fountainhead. Here it is again.
Look at history. Everything we have, every great achievement has come from the independent work of some independent mind. Every horror and destruction came from attempts to force men into a herd of brainless, soulless robots… It is an ancient conflict. It has another name: the individual against the collective.
Those are the stakes, and Santayana was correct, ” Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”
In the Arabic media, there are reports that Muslim clerics — energized by the sudden emergence of Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood — are now agitating to demolish the Egyptian pyramids. According to agitated imams, the Pharaohs’ monuments represent “symbols of paganism” from Egypt’s pre-Islamic past and therefore must vanish.
Don’t dismiss such insanity so easily. Mali Islamists are currently destroying the centuries-old mausoleums of Sufi-Muslim saints in the city of Timbuktu, the historic site of early Islamic scholarship and jurisprudence. But perhaps the most recent regrettable Islamist attack on the past was the Taliban’s 2001 dynamiting and shelling of the save our Human huge twin 6th-century A.D. statues of Buddha carved into a cliff at Bamiyan in Afghanistan. “We are destroying the statues,” Taliban spokesmen at the time bragged, “in accordance with Islamic law, and it is purely a religious issue.”
Ideologically driven and historically ignorant violence is not just an Islamist monopoly. Sometimes postmodern, politically correct Westerners can be every bit as zealous — and as potentially destructive of the past — as premodern Islamists. One of the joys of visiting California’s Yosemite Valley is a series of historic arched bridges that span the Merced River on the valley floor. One, the 80-year-old Stoneman Bridge, is an architectural masterpiece and a tribute to Depression-era ingenuity and artistic elegance, while the sister Ahwahnee Bridge and the Sugar Pine Bridge were likewise designed to combine functionalism and beauty. All are used daily, appreciated by thousands of visitors each summer, and now are listed as endangered treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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