By Walid Shoebat
So now ISIS have taken control of the ancient city of Palmyra, biblical Tadmor in Syria. Palmyra (city of palms) or Tadmor is home to some of the world’s most magnificent ruins while government troops have almost entirely withdrawn, leaving the city, its people and its priceless ruins in the hands of ISIS, which after this victory, ISIS now controls half of the entire nation of Syria. This in addition, ISIS took control of Ramadi, a city in Iraq’s Anbar Province while the US military says it is sending 1,000 anti-tank missiles to the Iraqi government following the fall of that city. Who knows, most likely such missiles will also fall in the hand of ISIS since ISIS, as reported in Tadmor, was able to win their victory as a result of using the TOW missiles to take that city.
In Ramadi the Iraqi city, Muslims, all members of ISIS, went door to door slaughtering innocent people at random, eventually killing 500 people. And now, shocking images emerged today showing decapitated bodies strewn across blood-filled streets in Palmyra – victims of ISIS unrelenting savagery as they stormed the ancient city.
The jihadis have also captured the military air base, intelligence headquarters and its notorious prison, where hundreds of inmates have reportedly been released by ISIS some of whom are Lebanese Christian inmates whose destiny has yet to be known if they were among the slaughtered.
Palmyra is still called Tadmur/Tadmor today as in the Bible in which “Solomon went to Hamath-zobah and captured it. He built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities which he had built in Hamath. He also built upper Beth-horon and lower Beth-horon, fortified cities with walls, gates and bars …” (2 Chronicles 8:3-5)
Before the arrival of Christianity in the second century, Palmyra worshiped the trinity of the Babylonian god Bel, as well Yarhibol (the sun) and Aglibol (the moon).
So now expect that treasures could be plundered or destroyed as we have seen the archaeological sites overrun by the jihadists in Iraq.