Among the awardees were: the Champagne region of France; Singapore's Botanic Gardens; the Diyarbakir Fortress in Turkey; and, the Maymand cave dwellings in Iran.
Now about that status and special protection.
One World Heritage site—the 2000-year-old ruins of Palmyra in Syria—were overrun by ISIS militants in May 2015. The “Bride of the Desert” is known for its exquisite collection of ruins along a historical trade route that once linked Persia, India, and China with the Roman Empire.
Violent extremists don't destroy heritage as a collateral
damage, they target systematically monuments and sites
to strike societies at their core. The deliberate destruction,
what we are seeing today in Iraq and Syria, has reached
unprecedented levels in contemporary history.
Bokova's bold proclamation in defense of this particular World Heritage site must really have struck fear into the hearts of ISIS militants.
Chalk up yet another UN fiasco. What a waste of U.S. taxpayers' $$$s.
Let the discussion begin...
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