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Mayan Pyramid In Belize Leveled By Construction Crew

timothy posted about a year ago | from the nohmul-is-no-more dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "If an imposing 2300-year old Mayan temple situated at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was on your list of things to see before you die, you're too late. The monument was essentially destroyed by a construction crew in order to provide gravel for road construction. Archaeologists expressed shock, as Nohmul (the "great mound") was a major Mayan religious center in its day. While the pyramid was situated on private property, such historical sites are supposedly protected by ordinance, and officials may file criminal charges."

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Well its not a good time for pyramids (-1, Flamebait)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#43718965)

Well its not a good time for pyramids, with the Muzzies threatening to destroy the Egyptian ones [independent.co.uk] .

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (5, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43719007)

Your comment would likely get more credibility without the ethnic slur. Also that is a BS article as it was one nutcase that suggested it, not their government or anyone in power.

If we judged folks that way all slashdotters would be considered ill informed racists based on your comment alone.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719049)

Ethnic slurs are not capitalized.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | about a year ago | (#43719391)

Grammatically correct racism is so en vogue.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719941)

Racists won't capitalize a slur because it can be seen as adding respect to the slur.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (2)

KiloByte (825081) | about a year ago | (#43719085)

Just "one nutcase"? Somehow that "one nutcase" has quite some clout in Timbuktu [wikipedia.org] and Bamiyan [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43719269)

In the article he listed. In those cases many folks had to be nutcases and some of them in power.

It does not change the fact that the Egyptian government is not going to destroy their largest tourist draw, which gets them income they badly need.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719901)

It does not change the fact that the Egyptian government is not going to destroy their largest tourist draw

That's what people thought about those statues in Afghanistan. And besides, wtf tourists have been going to Egypt since the Arab Spring? No one in their right mind goes there anymore unless they're looking to get raped or kidnapped.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

slackware 3.6 (2524328) | about a year ago | (#43719925)

I don't think to many non-muslim tourists are planning to head to Egypt any time soon.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#43719869)

And also a leader of the second largest party in the Egyptian Parliament.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

sudden.zero (981475) | about a year ago | (#43719281)

Let's not forget it was one nutcase that decided that he wanted to take down the twin towers, and look what happened there. One nutcase ended up becoming an entire network of nutcases that eventually got the job done over a period of a decade or so!

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (5, Funny)

greenfruitsalad (2008354) | about a year ago | (#43719441)

Fortunately, thanks to 22nd amendment, he was only able to serve two terms.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0)

Dishevel (1105119) | about a year ago | (#43719839)

Wow.
You even did that without posting anon.
Mistake? or ...
wow.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719957)

And he express posted the terorists familly out of the country when all the other planes were grounded.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719515)

educated young men primarily from Saudi Arabia. and they weren't nuts. they were committed to a bad idea, driven by hatred that we fomented.

so what do we do? we go bomb illiterates in an entirely different region.

good job. good job.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719841)

Nutcase might not be the right word.
Osama Bin Laden got his terrorist training from CIA during the cold war when he was working for the U.S. [blogspot.com]
He did what he was trained to do, it's just that his loyalties shifted since then.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719287)

How credible is that you don't know what the fuck you are talking about since "Muzzies" refers to "Muslims", and last time ANYONE checked, that was a religion and NOT a fucking race.

So now you are outed as an oversensitive 'PC' slinging DIPSHIT...your comment can be summarily ignored.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719333)

religion != ethnicity

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719493)

Religion is one example of ethnicity.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719571)

And to all coders out there, language != country.

I'm tired of selecting "French" and having my country code set to "France" and my keyboard set to fucking "AZERTY".

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (5, Funny)

Dishevel (1105119) | about a year ago | (#43719847)

Wow.
You French people are touchy.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (3, Interesting)

doggo (34827) | about a year ago | (#43719499)

Religion is not an ethnicity. And religious fanatics deserve no consideration of respect.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

sociocapitalist (2471722) | about a year ago | (#43719953)

Religion is not an ethnicity. And religious fanatics deserve no consideration of respect.

Do you consider the pope to be a religious fanatic?

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719731)

I prefer that he does use the ethnic slur -- as well as the personal attacks, foul language, anger, and hate -- that way we immediately know his age (teenager), and therefore his credibility (zero). This makes slashdot more efficient for those of us who come here for knowledge.

In other words, if he was polite and courteous, I would need to spend more time and effort on evaluating his position. The anger and hate reduces my workload.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719879)

try reducing your workload by killing yourself

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about a year ago | (#43719817)

To be fair. It is not like you could trust anything that the people in power or the government over there have to say any more than "one nutcase".
In fact, I don't know the nutcase so he may very well be correct. I have had some experience with what the government over there says and does ...
So I might be more inclined to believe some random nutcase over the government over there.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (3, Insightful)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#43719851)

ill informed racists

As opposed to the well-informed, who think Islam is a race?

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year ago | (#43719897)

Idiot. How many hideous acts does one group have to commit to get moved from the "racist slur" pile to the "enemy of civilization" pile?

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719041)

"muzzies"... that sounds like some breed of dog.

No never mind, that would be insulting to dogs.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719045)

Too late, I have pictures of the Sphinx being destroyed ...

visit www.goatse.cx to see

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (5, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#43719153)

Too late, I have pictures of the Sphinx being destroyed ...

visit www.goatse.cx to see

I think you are mixing up sphinx and sphincter.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719209)

So I am ... I always get those two muddled up!

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719051)

On the upside if it does happen, we might unearthed undiscovered chambers beneath them. Theres a theory that there are secret chambers beneath the Sphinx, yet to be proven.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

JeanInMontana (2020420) | about a year ago | (#43719223)

And that would be a benefit how?  SMH

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43719813)

It would finally prove the UN/alien/illuminati/Yeti/Hollow-Earth/Egyptian theory.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (4, Informative)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#43719455)

Muzzies

http://www.early-advantage.com/ [early-advantage.com]

That word doesn't mean what you think it means.

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#43719719)

'When I use a word ... it means just what I choose it to mean â" neither more nor less.'

Re:Well its not a good time for pyramids (1)

Stormthirst (66538) | about a year ago | (#43719789)

So everyone else thinks you're an ill educated moron?

callous (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43718977)

while a callous disregard for history at least it was not an intentional attempt to erase other religions

Out with the old (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43718985)

In with the new.

Humanity needs to stop hording and learn to let things go.

300BC called... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43718995)

...they want their pyramid back.

Fat, squat, and stupid (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719001)

Those mestizo half-breeds really weren't born with a full box of marbles--destroying a temple for road gravel. And Obama wants to flood our country with these tawny height challenged brainiacs.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (5, Interesting)

cusco (717999) | about a year ago | (#43719027)

You stupid fuck, when the British wanted to build a railroad in Bolivia and there weren't any handy gravel deposits nearby they smashed up big chunks of Tiahuanacu. You can still see pieces of statues in the foundations for the railroad bridges in the area. Greed and laziness will win out over respect for the past pretty much every time that money is involved.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719353)

This is nothing new. Just look throughout the Middle East and Europe and you'll find all kinds of plundered and recycled architecture. Mostly because it's easier to have your stone masons rework something to fit rather than carve something from scratch.

The Great Mosque of Kairouan is a good example where it used to be punishable by death to count the columns. The real reason is they didn't want people looking at them too closely because they were mostly stolen from places like Carthage and are a mix of Greek, Roman, and Christian designs.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (2)

kyrsjo (2420192) | about a year ago | (#43719743)

Yup - here in Oslo, an abandoned monastery (and many other old buildings) got picked to pieces for the stone - it was easier to go there and pick the materials you needed, than to quary new materials. There are probably tons of similar examples in every old city.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (3, Interesting)

robogun (466062) | about a year ago | (#43719367)

The major cities of the Indus Valley civilization were dismantled for railroad ballast for the same reasons.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (2)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about a year ago | (#43719711)

Napoleon's troops in Egypt were using the Sphinx for target practice. But it is not always racist. Chinese have been quarrying their great wall for bricks for ages. Many Italian homes were built using recycled bricks from the aqueducts. Stone tablets inscribed with royal decrees being used as washing stones...

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (3, Informative)

Stormthirst (66538) | about a year ago | (#43719811)

Indeed - didn't the Egyptian pyramids used to be smooth (ish) on the outside. The locals removed the outside shells, leaving the stepped shapes they are now.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719877)

The Spanish deliberately dismantled every great Inca temple and palace they could find, most of the time reusing the materials but sometimes just throwing them down the valley or into a lake. Their goal was simple destruction for its own sake, to prove that the protection of their god was more powerful than the Inca gods who would have taken umbrage at the waste.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (5, Insightful)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#43719035)

Those mestizo half-breeds really weren't born with a full box of marbles--destroying a temple for road gravel. And Obama wants to flood our country with these tawny height challenged brainiacs.

So since these half-breeds are inferiour to their ancestors who built the great temple in the first place, presumably it was the influx of Western European genes that lead to this inferiority?

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (0)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year ago | (#43719193)

I wish I had mod points; that was the perfect response.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719341)

haha. prefect response.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (1)

moeinvt (851793) | about a year ago | (#43719371)

No race of people and no culture is without its flaws. Maybe the half-breeds got the worst of everything? Rapacious greed of the Western European race/culture with the short-sightedness of those that evolved in equatorial climates? Snake eyes of the gene pool.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719449)

Nah only the ones that went to the US. nobody else wanted those fuckwits eg that bunch on the Mayflower etc.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (1)

JeanInMontana (2020420) | about a year ago | (#43719241)

You are above and beyond ignorant.

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (2)

wagnerrp (1305589) | about a year ago | (#43719477)

Does that mean the AC is learned?

Re:Fat, squat, and stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719531)

Looking at the flipside, the GOP has been allowing the country to be flooded with undocumented workers and H1B workers. Both work for cheap wages.

I've been to Belize (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719009)

Its a GOP mecca of international commercial interests first, to hell with anything that benefits the local people. The article doesn't say who owns the private land but probably foreign. Palms got greased and goodbye pyramid. Don't cry Yankees, you did the same to your own native peoples, and worse.

Re:I've been to Belize (1)

moeinvt (851793) | about a year ago | (#43719305)

How is a political party in the USA responsible for the actions of construction crews in Belize?

Re:I've been to Belize (2)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about a year ago | (#43719343)

Let me bring you up to speed; whatever the problem, it's the fault of the USA.

Re:I've been to Belize (1)

gsgriffin (1195771) | about a year ago | (#43719471)

and the people in the USA and the most dogmatic assertions will include GOP as the root of evil

Re:I've been to Belize (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719605)

He didn't claim they were responsible. The words "GOP mecca" means something like "GOP dream world". As in what the GOP would like to turn the USA into (even more than the US already is) - a place where the people with money can buy their way into getting anything they want.

Re:I've been to Belize (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719689)

Nothing. The US itself is undisputed number 1 at government-sanctioned corporate greed. The Republican party are slightly more plutocratic than the Democrats, thus the GOP can be legitimately used as an adjective to describe a system where money trumps every other consideration.

Re:I've been to Belize (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719871)

How is a political party in the USA responsible for the actions of construction crews in Belize?

I was going to post something about Reagan and iran contra but that would be too easy.

Re:I've been to Belize (1)

wagnerrp (1305589) | about a year ago | (#43719495)

That's alright. Our own native peoples (or at least those who walked here first), never really built anything of permanence. You've got some pueblos in the south west, and that's about it.

The mayan date was right but the work crew (5, Funny)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#43719015)

The mayan date was right but the work crew fell behind

What's the big deal? (5, Funny)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about a year ago | (#43719029)

It's not like they planned on using it after 2012.

Sad (0)

Andrio (2580551) | about a year ago | (#43719059)

'Adagio For Strings' came up on my Pandora as I read the summary. Seems oddly appropriate.

Right out of a song (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719113)

This is indeed a tragedy, I do hope the construction company gets at least SOME punishment. This kind of mindless destruction reminds me of the song "Ancient World" by Abney Park

The ancient world is crumbling
Replaced with synthetic blend
If we don't do something soon
Mankind's last beauty will end

This palace withstood the test of time
This mosque endures all days
Now stand by for the dynamite
For the shopping malls we make way

We run to the end and the future follows
We run to the end from bleak tomorrows
We run to the end and the future follows
We run to the end from bleak tomorrows ...

Somehow... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719131)

...this is America's fault. Specifically George W. Bush.

Re:Somehow... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719667)

No, it's not Bush's fault. In fact, we should all call this "Obamastruction"!

It's "progress" !!! (2)

snemiro (1775092) | about a year ago | (#43719143)

Just make it cheaper, no matter how.... if somebody find a way to make good business nuking the moon, they will go ahead....romantic people can still watch Breakfast at Tiffany's... Tides? Who needs tides? Fishes? who cares? I will have my new Ferrari to drive, a longer yatch and a luxurious flat in Aspen....

Temple in the picture is not Noh mul, it's Laminai (4, Informative)

unimacs (597299) | about a year ago | (#43719181)

I was just in Belize a few weeks ago and while the destruction of any Mayan ruins is tragic, I don't think Nohmul was quite what it's being made out to be. The few pictures I could find of the actual Nohmul temple are much different than the picture in the linked article. I remember no mention of it when trying to select ruins to go see. It doesn't seem like it was a big tourist draw.

I was at Laminai and that is a truly impressive set of structures. There are lots of unexcavated buildings still there and the remarkable thing is that the look just like hills. Though it's a stretch, it's not outside the realm of possibility that workers at Noh mul were unaware of the significance of what looked like a pile of rocks until they started working. The landowner surely would have known.

Re:Temple in the picture is not Noh mul, it's Lami (5, Funny)

T.E.D. (34228) | about a year ago | (#43719291)

Here, I found of recent picture of Nohmul [dualmfg.com] for you.

Re:Temple in the picture is not Noh mul, it's Lami (1)

doggo (34827) | about a year ago | (#43719593)

You insensitive clod! ;-)

Re:Temple in the picture is not Noh mul, it's Lami (1)

D1G1T (1136467) | about a year ago | (#43719739)

Visual impressiveness is rarely an indication of archaeological importance. In fact, something that looks like a pile of rocks is often a structure that hasn't been studied yet. The fantastic pyramids and temples you see are often the result of best-guess reconstruction.

Re:Temple in the picture is not Noh mul, it's Lami (4, Interesting)

unimacs (597299) | about a year ago | (#43719843)

Visual impressiveness is rarely an indication of archaeological importance. In fact, something that looks like a pile of rocks is often a structure that hasn't been studied yet. The fantastic pyramids and temples you see are often the result of best-guess reconstruction.

I agree. My point was that in the few pictures I was able to find of it prior to being destroyed, it didn't look like much more than what could have been a natural limestone formation covered by vegetation. Again I think it's a stretch, but it's possible the workers didn't realize they were digging up a temple. After reading some of the local news coverage though, this seems very unlikely.

Anyway, I'm disappointed that the article pictured the wrong temple and I suspect that it might have been intentional.

Sath balts (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#43719195)

> in Belize

Belize, is that, wait! HAS ANYONE SEEN MCAFFEE LATELY?

wha? (0)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#43719231)

No one here screaming about private property??

Re:wha? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719335)

PRIVATE PROPERTY?!?!?!

In other news... (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year ago | (#43719263)

Officials are calling for calm amid reports that feathered serpent attacks are up 39% from historical baselines...

Re:In other news... (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | about a year ago | (#43719669)

Actually, the feathered serpent is generally the good guy. Smoking Mirror [wikipedia.org] (a jaguar) is the one to watch out for.

But don't worry; its not the end of the worl...um...well..actually...

Private land owner wanted to clear his land (3, Insightful)

kpoole55 (1102793) | about a year ago | (#43719303)

Okay, the pyramid was on privately owned land. Time to check and see what the land owner wanted to do with the land that the pyramid was getting in the way of. Or, perhaps he was just concerned that all these tourists were coming to this pyramid and he wasn't getting anything out of it. And the insurance liability, Suppose someone were climbing around on this thing and fell, even if they were illegal trespassers would he be responsible? There are a number of very good legal reasons why he's want to have this hazard removed. On top of that, I understand the price of gravel is very high these days.

As much as I hate the idea of expropriating land from private owners, if you want to really preserve these sorts of things you've got to remove them from private ownership and recompense the land owner either with money or a swap of some new land of equal value. As long as these sorts of things are in private ownership, this will continue.

Re:Private land owner wanted to clear his land (1)

gsgriffin (1195771) | about a year ago | (#43719517)

My bet is that the government purchased the rock for their road projects. Look to India, you will find vast numbers of people that are enslaved by the government to crush rock for their roads (paid about $25/month for a family to fill a truck with sand/gravel). There won't be charges, because it will lead back to themselves.

Re:Private land owner wanted to clear his land (4, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about a year ago | (#43719579)

As much as I hate the idea of expropriating land from private owners, if you want to really preserve these sorts of things you've got to remove them from private ownership and recompense the land owner either with money or a swap of some new land of equal value.

Or just accept that land ownership comes with certain restrictions. For example, if I want an addition to my house, I can't just build whatever I want; I need to get permits and ensure that the construction complies with building codes. Saying "no, you cannot knock down this ancient structure which was built millennia ago on what now happens to be your land" strikes me as a reasonable counterpart to that.

Re:Private land owner wanted to clear his land (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719717)

And the insurance liability, Suppose someone were climbing around on this thing and fell, even if they were illegal trespassers would he be responsible?

Have you ever visited another country? Most places are not like America. If you injure yourself nobody will give a shit.

Re:Private land owner wanted to clear his land (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719803)

No need to expropriate land. Just because someone owns "the land", they may not own every building upon it. Governments frequently reserve ownership of anything older than a few hundred years.

"Mayan" is a noun (2, Informative)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | about a year ago | (#43719419)

"Mayan" is the name of the language. The adjective is "Maya," as in Maya temple or Maya people.

Re:"Mayan" is a noun (4, Informative)

wcrowe (94389) | about a year ago | (#43719537)

Not according to Merriam-Webster [merriam-webster.com] .

Re:"Mayan" is a noun (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719607)

"Mayan" is also an adjective: "Of or relating to the Mayas, their culture, or the Mayan linguistic stock."

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Mayans

Re:"Mayan" is a noun (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43719631)

And Mayannaise.

Re:"Mayan" is a noun (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719649)

The OED disagrees with you

Mayan, adj. and n.
  A. adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Maya.

That certainly applies to the summary.

For that matter, Maya is also permissible to describe the language.

Maya
  2. The language of the Maya people, which is a member of the Mayan language family. Also called Yucatec.

With helpful quotations to justify it.

Re:"Mayan" is a noun (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719677)

"Mayan" is the name of the language. The adjective is "Maya," as in Maya temple or Maya people.

In addition, "May" is the name of a month, and "Ma" is a term for a female parent.

it's a cover story (3, Funny)

DriveDog (822962) | about a year ago | (#43719461)

The destruction was intentional by some authorities still looking for McAfee. Now they'll charge him with the human sacrifices that occurred two millenia ago.

Destroying priceless sites for petty reasons (3, Interesting)

afeeney (719690) | about a year ago | (#43719467)

This kind of destruction for the pettiest of reasons isn't anything new. In Malta, a group took a bulldozer to the stone temples at Mnajdra [sacred-destinations.com] , a glorious megalithic site, older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids. Mnajdra is breathtakingly lovely and enigmatic and fascinating. Fortunately, it's largely been restored and is again open to the public. Why? People had constructed illegal bird-hunting hides on the adjacent land and objected to their hides being destroyed. [maltatoday.com.mt] People will be vicious destructive assholes for any number of reasons, including just because they can. Profit, sheer revelry in destruction (Persepolis), symbolism of dominance or victory (Summer Palace in Beijing), religious fanaticism (Buddha statues), a fanatical dislike of cities (Mongols and most of the cities in their way), to discourage attacks (Carthage), any number of reasons.

Re:Destroying priceless sites for petty reasons (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719723)

Yes, how dare people wish to use their lands for their own purposes rather than keep them for the vicarius pleasures of idle foreigners!

In similar news (1)

wcrowe (94389) | about a year ago | (#43719501)

A friend shared this story [thetibetpost.com] recently.

The new global zeitgeist of sans souci. "Ah, well. It doesn't affect me. Let's have another Coke", and don't forget to toss the empty cup out the window.

Gratuitous link to inaccurate content (5, Informative)

zedrdave (1978512) | about a year ago | (#43719541)

So tell me again, why is the first link for that story a bulshitty post on a New Zealand rightwing blog, with a blatantly misidentified picture? (this [7newsbelize.com] is what the actual temple looks like)

For chrissake, the blog post starts with "Reports are coming in", as if it was written by some international news channel, not some guy in his underwear sitting on the opposite side of the world.

Execute everyone involved and be done with it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43719805)

Problem solved

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