Great new @VDHanson column on Left's "historical erasure" craze. From it: "If mass slaughter in the past offered a reason to obliterate remembrance of the guilty, then certainly sports teams should drop brand names such as 'Aztecs.'" https://t.co/OXIOwqdNl7— Jack Fowler (@jackfowler) March 14, 2019
The 21st century is in danger of becoming an era of statue smashing and historical erasure. Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction during the French Revolution has the world seen anything like the current war on the past.
In 2001, the primeval Taliban blew up two ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan on grounds that their very existence was sacrilegious to Islam.
In 2015, ISIS militants entered a museum in Mosul, Iraq, and destroyed ancient, pre-Islamic statues and idols. Their mute crime? These artifacts predated the prophet Mohammed.
The West prides itself on the idea that liberal societies would never descend into such nihilism. Think again.
...Last month, the Northern California town of Arcata did away with a statue of former president William McKinley because he supposedly pushed policies detrimental to Native Americans.
There have been some unfortunate lessons from such vendettas against the images and names of the past....
The past is not a melodrama but more often a tragedy. Destroying history will not make you feel good about the present. Studying and learning from it might. https://t.co/hEj2hHyZvW— Victor Davis Hanson (@VDHanson) March 14, 2019