By Theodore Shoeabr
Muslims in Syria — all members of ISIS — captured a major archeologist named Khaled Asaad, tortured him, cut his head off and placed his body on display. They tortured him in order to coerce him to reveal where hidden artifacts lied. Asaad, a true advocate for archeology, refused to give the information to them. They beheaded him and put his body up on display. According to one report:
Islamic State militants beheaded a renowned antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his mutilated body on a column in a main square of the historic site because he apparently refused to reveal where valuable artefacts had been moved for safekeeping.
The brutal murder of Khaled al-Asaad, 82, is the latest atrocity perpetrated by the jihadi group, which has captured a third of Syria and neighbouring Iraq and declared a “caliphate” on the territory it controls. It has also highlighted Isis’s habit of looting and selling antiquities to fund its activities – as well as destroying them.
Syrian state antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said Asaad’s family had informed him that the scholar, who worked for more than 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra, was killed by Isis on Tuesday.
Asaad had been held for more than a month before being murdered. Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, said he had learned from a Syrian source that the archaeologist had been interrogated by Isis about the location of treasures from Palmyra and had been executed when he refused to cooperate.
Why are the Muslims so fixated on destroying archeology? Because they want erase the history of the nation and reconstruct it to appear to posterity that it has always been Islamic. When archeologist dig up artifacts of antiquity, what they find is pagan and Christian relics, and all they show is that paganism once ruled, and Christianity destroyed it. So shall it be with this new wave of Islamic paganism, Christianity will destroy it.
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