The Motives of Islamist Actions in Timbuktu: Hatred for the West

The Corriere della Sera wrote on January 29:

“Behind the destruction of the tombs and the manuscripts in Timbuktu was more than just the iconoclasm that aims to preserve the uniqueness of the worship of the one God. There was the desire to destroy a cultural legacy that enjoys the protection of UNESCO and other ‘foreign’ institutions which are perceived as alien elements that must be eradicated. No religious prescription would permit the destruction of Koran scriptures or the memoirs of scholars.

“But anything goes when it comes to burning manuscripts and destroying tombs that the West, and not just the West, is watching over.”

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One response to “The Motives of Islamist Actions in Timbuktu: Hatred for the West

  1. Elisabeth Ecker

    The real problem is that there are too many unemployed young man with no real future, who find a purpose in military conflict. Anybody who has ever been in the middle of a battle will attest to the insane actions committed by soldiers of any side in the conflict. War is not conducive to mental health.