Palmyra is an ancient Semitic city on route for travellers across the Syrian desert. It is over 2000 years old and is presently being destroyed by Isis. It is seen as a symbol of Idolatry and against their religion.
The city’s prosperity allowed it to build monumental projects. The city was enriched by the trade caravans. The Palmyrenes were merchants who had created colonies along the Silk Road, and worked across the Roman Empire. They were a combination of Amorites, Aramenas and Arabs including a Jewish minority.
To use the word ironically is an understatement but ironically Palmyra in 634 was separated by the Rashidun Caliphate and became part of Homs Province. It became an Arab Caliphate.
Unfortunately all through out world history – part of the religious process is that the incoming religion to reinforce its message, tries to destroy the old religion including its temples and artefacts. The new religion is insecure and wants to demonstrate its power and influence. So it tries to wipe out the old religion’s existence.
This happens so repeatedly but Humans do not seem to recognise that. One: you cannot completely destroy a race or religion: there will always be a believers somewhere left. Two: that it always increases the resolve of the victimised race or religion to survive.
What is it about Humans – mainly men – that they want to totally destroy. Is it in the process of destroying that men can only realise that what is being destroyed, ultimately can never be destroyed?
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