Crimes againstaArt and history

04 May 2015 8:37 AM | Anonymous

Crimes against art and history

By HUGH EAKIN New York Times

Will the world do nothing to stop extremist groups from destroying some of civilization's most treasured monuments?

The question has confronted Western governments with stark urgency in the weeks since the Islamic State, also called ISIS, released a video of militants smashing ancient sculptures at the Mosul Museum in Iraq. In early March, after reports that extremists attacked the ancient Assyrian sites of Nimrud and Hatra, Iraqi officials pleaded for U.S. airstrikes to stop them. But the United States and its allies have wrung their hands.