As much as I am for reconstructing sites destroyed by these damned terrorists she has a point. It’s a matter of priorities. First you fix the present. Then you secure the future. Then you fix the past.
In 2015, the ISIS destroyed the Temple of Bel – a Roman shrine within Palmyra, a UNSECO world heritage site in Syria from where they had been co-ordinating assaults. The International Criminal Court condemned the attacks as a war crime. Now a replica of the gateway of the Temple, 3D printed by digital archaeologists at the University of Oxford, has been erected in Trafalgar Square in a “show of solidarity” with Syria.
It is easy to recognise the virtue of quickly and easily undoing the damage ISIS wrought. Palmyra was a symbol of identity for the Syrian people, and a point of cultural pride. To rebuild is highly symbolic of the resilience of the displaced and oppressed in the face of ISIS’s terrorism, and the commitment of Syria’s government to restore order.
The last Palmyra was a feat of human endeavour and creativity, meticulously planned and executed with bricks and…
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