The Islamists who recently took over the northern portion of Mali are systematically destroying a Sufi Muslim World Heritage Site because it’s “idolatrous.”
Philistines who behave this way are the kinds who start wars. Let’s not forget that 9/11 happened shortly after the Taliban destroyed the Buddha statues at Bamiyan for the same reason.
Lest you think I’m blowing this out of proportion, the group responsible for this—Ansar Dine—is an Al Qaeda franchise. They’re flying the black Salafist flag. And they control Timbuktu and all the surrounding area.
I've wanted to visit Timbuktu for years--it looks absolutely fascinating--but now it's impossible.