To counter ISIS, great antiquities to be virtually saved in case they’re actually lost

It’s not really a counter at all, as it’s just an image, not the real thing. But cine we won’t stop ISIS it’s still better than nothing.

Though let’s be really honest about this as well. Taking photos of places where ISIS is already operating, has agents, or may very well be scouting for destruction is a huge security risk for these volunteers.

Far, far better if we wiped out ISIS, saved the lives of the people, and all of the structures.

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A view of Palmyra in 2009, before the ancient city was seized by Islamic State militants. (Christophe Charon / AFP/Getty Images) A view of Palmyra in 2009, before the ancient city was seized by Islamic State militants. (Christophe Charon / AFP/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Times reports that as “many as 5,000 high-tech, user-friendly cameras will be distributed to volunteers across Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Afghanistan and Yemen by the end of the year,” to document the ancient monuments and cultural heritage threatened by ISIS. This initiative by “the Institute for Digital Archaeology, a joint venture of Oxford and Harvard universities” is “to compile an archive of millions of 3-D images of vulnerable heritage sites and other ancient treasures.”

The courtyard of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, photographed in 2014. Militants have since destroyed the temple's main building. (Joseph Eid / AFP/Getty Images). Click on image to enlarge. The courtyard of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, photographed in 2014. Militants have since destroyed the temple’s main building. (Joseph Eid / AFP/Getty Images).
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According to the article:

In recent months, the terrorist group Islamic State has destroyed some of most significant historical…

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BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

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