Listen: Syria, Cova Palmira And Temple Of Bel At Palmyra discussed on The World
"Not down. Br. Back. The memory of what ching the destruction of the temple of Bel at palmyra and burning of the ancient souks in Aleppo honor. Eliza is a professor Vance apology and Middle East history at shawnee state university. Watching the air strikes on the crack Chevrolet one of the world's best preserved crusader fortresses seeing anything like that happen anywhere in the world. Whether it's in Afghanistan with the by man Buddha's, whether it's in Paris with the not down, whether it's in Syria with some of the sites that just mentioned is always extremely painful because you see no not just the impact that has new as a person. But also the loss to everyone else because this is part of our world, heritage our world culture. So the sites you mentioned, I mean, the destruction there was intentional. It was not an accident and Aleppo oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Those kind of superlatives do. Feel like people should have been paying attention to the destruction as ISIS was carrying it out. Definitely but different actors were involved in different areas. And as you quite rightly say, this is not accident, in some cases, they it was just punt the conflict zone where you know. One group. One side takes up positions the other side attacks them, the cultural heritage side, the monument to whatever it is is is part of the battlefield. This was setting the case in crash earlier. This was setting the case Emmanuel city of Aleppo in the case of Palmira have in the case of the temple of Bel. This was a different full of destruction in that it was an intentional act part of a propaganda campaign. If you will by ISIS demonstrates -bility to act with impunity, and the impotence of the international community to respond to any such aggression. I mean, we are talking buildings, but this is not to detract for one. Moment, of course, from the countless lives laws in Syria, and the enormous Storrow that means for so many people as for those buildings is rebuilding possible. Now, given the conflict that continues rebuilding is always a difficult decision where the ethical lines of allowing Davidge to become part of the history out of the part of the story of the actual monument itself. And where do you intervene as a cultural heritage specialists, and then attempt to reconstruct it ended this is something that is very carefully considered in weighed by experts. So in the case of for example, the temple of Bel I would argue that no it should not be rebuilt. It was destroyed an any effort to attempt to put this together. Again, will not be the same money. It won't be a new monument that will be a copy of the original money, but he would not be the original monument and the case of say, for example. The old souks in ancient Olympics. Yes, you would think of the the function it's not just the buildings themselves, but the function of the Suk as well as a living breathing active market would trade and goods were bought and sold in exchange and so by rebuilding. All right. You may be replacing the old original buildings or you may be reconstructing or restoring those older engines with new materials, but you also preserving the tradition the history the trade the business that was part of that side for so many centuries or what restoration and rebuilding efforts of seen in Syria. However, small that gives them hope there are some activities that are occurring that do give us hope, for example of the icon ick statues of the elect God that was in the garden of the museum in palmyra. This was one of. The statue is that was publicly destroyed when I first Cova Palmira, and a video destruction in they smashed it using sledgehammers, and I know that in two thousand seventeen a team of archaeologists and experts were able to recover those pieces and essentially put it back together. Again, restored respected the museum of Damascus. Similarly, I know that in the labs of the ministry of the department of antiquities in Damascus their lives down. There have been working tirelessly to try and restore the damaged reliefs. Powering relief said were also kept in storage in the museum in Palmira. Also inlet we've seen efforts in in monitor. No man in the museum there to work with UNESCO to help restore the historic building that has the mosaics collection from the dead cities by stabilizing the building and helping prevent time from collapse. Tsing so fair to say bad destruction. But it's not being ignored where possible there is intervention happening. Yes. Allows them at schone state university. Thank you as always. Thank you. Buildings like Notre Dom like the entities in Syria. Armor, just mentioned these things only seem permanent. What doesn't change the fact that places? Like Notre Dame are witnesses to history the cathedral saw Napoleon's coronation. Joan of arc was beatified there and music historians will know this one.."