Read it and weep, Sennacherib

ISIS has torn down some of your handiwork, oh ancient one, in a fit of Islamic fundamentalism.

“The Gate of Mashki was built during the era of the Assyrian King Sennacherib in 705-681 B.C. It was located east of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, which was taken over by Islamic State forces in June 2014.

“Photographs distributed by Islamic State on Sunday show militants using at least one bulldozer to knock down the ancient ruin, although it was unclear when the action took place. National Geographic said in April that it had obtained images revealing the destruction of the Mashki Gate and the nearby Adad Gate, built around 700 B.C., by Islamic State.”

Via Weasel Zippers.

3 responses to “Read it and weep, Sennacherib

  1. Sennacherib

    “I was not angry since I came to this post
    Until this instant. Take a trumpet, herald;
    Ride thou unto the horsemen on yon hill:
    If they will fight with us, bid them come down,
    Or void the field; they do offend our sight:
    If they’ll do neither, we will come to them,
    And make them skirr away, as swift as stones
    Enforced from the old Assyrian slings:
    Besides, we’ll cut the throats of those we have,
    And not a man of them that we shall take
    Shall taste our mercy. Go and tell them so.”

  2. That’s the spirit!

  3. Cutting throats is good and righteous in this case and should be done, not argument. The gate, though, will not restore itself.