A ques­tion of hu­man­ity

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY PANTELIS BOUKALAS

by a de­i­fied Her­cules, cast down by the Chris­tians, in an epi­gram by Pal­ladas of Alexandria: “Even I, a god, have learned to live with the times.” It has been cen­turies since the tem­ples of Palmyra ceased to ex­press the di­vine un­der what­ever name it may have been known, just as is the case with the Parthenon in Athens. The only be­ing wor­shipped there to­day is man, who raises mon­u­ments of great splen­dor in or­der to defy his pre­de­ter­mined tem­po­ral­ity. In the ad­dled minds and dark­ened souls of the fas­cists of Is­lamic State, the col­umns, arches, and ru­ins of an­cient civ­i­liza­tions and re­li­gions are mere ev­i­dence of idol­a­try, blas­phemy and any­thing else con­jured up by their fix­a­tions. That’s what they claim at least. In re­al­ity, what they see is ev­i­dence of their in­cred­i­ble small­ness, their bar­bar­ity, their place out­side all that is civ­i­lized. And they blow them up to feel great. Even though they may never have heard of him, Hero­s­tra­tus the ar­son­ist and de­stroyer is their only god. The ji­hadists hate oth­ers, not the gods of oth­ers. Any­thing that doesn’t suc­cumb to their slav­ery, that re­sists their bes­tial ac­tions or that is sim­ply dif­fer­ent, is cut, up­rooted, mur­dered in “sum­mary ex­e­cu­tions” or­ches­trated for the vo­ra­cious In­ter­net, torn down and put to the torch. They com­mit crimes against hu­man­ity

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