The Heinous ISIS Destruction of Nimrud
By James Donahue
That the militant Islamic fundamental organization seeks to stir a final world conflict and thus force
the return of Jesus in the clouds appears to be the goal. This is the conclusion reached by writer Graeme Wood in an article
that recently appeared in Atlantic magazine.
There seems to be no other rational reasoning behind the malicious actions of the hooded members of
this deadly organization. Not only are these goons capturing and murdering innocent civilians of various religious faiths,
proclaiming them "infidels," but now they are alarming historians and archaeologists by bulldozing ancient ruins of once great
cities that once comprised the heart of ancient civilization.
The destruction of the remains of the City of Nimrud is significant. Nimrud was a major city that
thrived nearly 3,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. It was obviously named after Nimrod, the first great world emperor
known to have risen out of that period of history.
It is generally believed among historians that the name of the city was inspired by the ancient king
of Assyria, Tukulti-Ninurta I, a powerful conqueror. The Book of Genesis refers to Nimrod as the son of Cush and declared
him "a mighty hunter before the Lord."
That ISIS would take it upon itself to destroy not only Nimrud but other ancient ruins of historical
importance, rob the ancient artifacts that can be physically removed, and erase all trace of archaeological significance is
as severe a crime as the decision by Roman Catholic priests to burn the libraries of the Mayan culture in Central America
and the Library of Alexandria in Northern Egypt. The justifications were all the same; that the material in the libraries
conflicted with the religious belief systems of the day.
Before the Bush-Cheney gang launched an unprovoked and unjustified war that toppled Iraqi Dictator
Saddam Hussein, there was a kind of peace that existed within the three warring factions of Islamism. Hussein did this with
an iron fist and yes, he sent his militants out to force the tribes to get along or die.
Something else that Hussein was deeply interested in was the ancient history of his region. He was
known to have spent a lot of money collecting, restoring and researching places like Nimrud, Ur and other places of great
historical importance that once earned the reputation as the Cradle of Civilization.
As soon as Hussein was driven out of power, vandals raided the great museum of Baghdad. That was bad
enough. But now this.
If the ISIS organization was ever interested in calling people of the Muslim faith into their cause,
the bulldozing of Nimrud and destruction of great art works that once stood there was the wrong thing to have done. The act
has been publically condemned by leaders of the Islamic world as well as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
The remains of the great Mesopotamian Empire and the Persian Civilization that followed have been
a matter of great pride among the people of the region, especially in Iraq and neighboring Iran.
ISIS is clearly stirring war drums throughout the region. Even U.S. President Barack Obama is asking
his Congress to consider a limited engagement designed to help the local efforts to push back the ISIS movement and stop the
insanity before it gets any worse.
If ISIS is truly interested in bringing on Armageddon in fulfillment of ancient prophecy, they are
not going about it with any degree of intelligence. What they are doing is causing a united world-wide front to stop them
before they cause any more unnecessary death and destruction.
Even if they do succeed in launching a final world war, we believe they will be very disappointed
at the outcome. Such a war will not save the world. It will only speed up the looming extinction of the human race.
World nations need to be united, but not for the purposes of warfare. The world needs to unite to
solve common problems like climate change, overpopulation, and the extreme pollution that is destroying our planet right under
At the moment the radical ISIS members, who do their malicious deeds while masked and dressed entirely
in black, need to be treated like a bad flea infestation. They need to be removed with bug spray so we can get on with resolving
these important problems, and doing it with a collective and loving spirit.