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Outrage! ISIS Might Blow-up An Ancient Minaret In Mosul

From a suddenly concerned Associated Press:

In Iraq’s Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

By VIVIAN SALAMA | July 28, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy’s Tower of Pisa.

Notice how nobody in our watchdog media seems to care when Muslims destroy Christian churches and shrines. But when they go after Muslim Mosques or shrines, look out!

But over the weekend, residents pushed back. When fighters from the Islamic State group loaded with heavy explosives converged on the site, Mosulis living nearby rushed to the courtyard below the minaret, sat on the ground and linked arms to form a human chain to protect it, two residents who witnessed the event told The Associated Press on Monday.

They told the fighters, If you blow up the minaret, you’ll have to kill us too, the witnesses said. The militants backed down and left, said the witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation from the militants…

What a relief! After all, blowing up mosques is always risky business, since the congregation often use them as store houses for their weapons.

Over the past two weeks, the extremists ruling Iraq’s second largest city have shrugged off previous restraint and embarked on a brutal campaign to purge Mosul of anything that challenges their radical interpretation of Islam, even Muslim shrines that in their iconoclastic fervor they condemn as apostasy…

"The bombing of shrines … has nothing to do with Islam," Abu Abaida, 44, a government employee, told the AP by phone from the city. "They are erasing the culture and history of Mosul." Like other residents, he spoke to the AP on condition he be identified by a nickname or first name for fear of retaliation…

Again, the AP and the rest of the media were fine with what ISIS was doing to Christians. But now that they are attacking holy Muslim shrines, look out!

In recent weeks, [ISIS forces] have purged the city of nearly its entire Christian population, moved to restrict women and began the systematic destruction of city landmarks…

Note that the destruction of the entire Christian population of Mosul is a minor detail that the AP saved for the tenth paragraph of their article.

By the way, this article continues on for another 15 paragraphs, which are mostly devoted to describing the beautiful and holy Muslim shrines that could be a risk.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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