Why is it that I do not feel better when my country is doing it instead of some other country doing it? Isn’t that what we are all supposed to have learned in Kindergarten?
“ ‘A nation that willfully destroys another country’s heritage would be no better than the criminals who have destroyed irreplaceable sites in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in recent years,’ Sara C. Bronin, a lawyer and specialist in historic preservation, wrote in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times in response to Trump’s threats to target cultural sites in Iran.
“ ‘Targeting civilians and cultural sites is what terrorists do. It’s a war crime,’ tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“In Britain, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned that ‘there are international conventions in place which prevent the destruction of cultural heritage.’ ”
Trump has threatened to destroy cultural sites in Iran—his way of countering potential repercussions. Despite the fact that we have consistently supported respecting such sites. Leaders as diverse as Germany’s Merkel and Russia’s Putin have vowed to do whatever they can to prevent this outrage. Consider the last time significant civilian and heritage structures were targeted. Yes, consider 9/11. Imagine if the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge, Bunker Hill and the Grand Canyon were— threatened because one of our leaders were killed in a foreign country. No, wait: Imagine we assassinated military leaders of two countries in a country we occupied for going-on twenty years. No, wait . . .