July 12th, 2012
04:27 AM ET

International outrage grows over destruction of Mali shrines

The United States is condemning the destruction of two more tombs in northern Mali as international outrage grows over Islamist militants' attacks on historic and religious landmarks in the nation.

Islamists ordered residents to leave the area and started razing the tombs in Timbuktu this week, witnesses said.

"They were shooting in the air to warn people of going near and entering the area," local resident  Allimam Oumar said of the Tuesday attacks. "The militants think the shrines are idolatrous."

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  1. Philip

    The headline reads "international outrage", but the article reports "the US condemns". The two are not the same, last time I checked.
    Alternate headline: Christianists condemn anti-idolatrous Islamists"

    July 12, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    What say we raffle off every religious idol in the US and pay down some of our public debt with the proceeds.
    So what if Islamic news reported American realists siezing and selling christianist idols instead of selling more of our childrens futures. Islamists aren't the boss of US.
    I'll trade you that statue of Mary and your steeple for 1000 childrens futures. Deal? 🙂

    July 12, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Where did those steeples on your churches originate? Who were the first to put steeples on their houses of worship, complete with cute little crosses on top. How many years before Christ did people actually start building steeples with crosses on them?
    (caution: rated R question: what exactly did the original church steeples represent?

    July 12, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Militant/extremist Islam is a problem everywhere! This is just a classic example of the mindless way they conduct their mission.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |

    Outrage fom a nation that has destroyed hundreds of Islamic places of worship, and when it comes to destruction of historical sites no nation can top the deliberate destruction of the grounds where the city
    of Babylon once stood.
    What US Federal, local and Texas Law officers, along with military assisstance, did to the religious compound in Waco Texas was a massacre.
    The picture of a US army tank,complete with an american flag flying from antenna, smoke curling up around it, as it sat directly atop of spot 80. unarmed women and children had been burned to death, now that is patriotic.
    The uncountable numbers of desacration to religipus and historicly important Native American, Hawaian, Islanders in our protectorates still goes on.
    As to idolotry and the destruction to historical sites and human lives, what in the name of a red white and blue piece of cloth and a form of nationalism that is very religious in nature, no nation or groups of religious fanaticism can begin to match.
    One dares not mention acts of our Siamesed Twinned State of Israels' actions that too has its own Sacredness in US bordering on fanaticism of some claimed 80 million membership of Neo-Christians that are chomping at the bit to invade ME,

    July 12, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @HIDE BEHIND. You better watch yourself. Pretty soon, you will be yawining at Jerry Sandusky and his being covered up by Penn State leaders and his wife, wishing investigators would move-on to greener pastures. (religious leaders who do not alert authorities of heinous crimes done by members, even those done to children, namely boys)
    "Siamesed twins" Israel's jewry and the USA's christianists. LMAO. What a lovely couople in terms of lives lost, even everlasting lives.
    (answer to R rated question above: Male reproductive organ.... what the earliest steeples stood for, complete with crosses on top. And this was over 1000 years before Jesus ever walked the earth. Phallic symbols of ancient Babylon used by ancient Christian leaders who got involved in politics after Jesus and his apostles died. They mixed pagan idolatry with Christianity and formed The Holy Roman Empire.
    🙂 Good post HIDE BEHIND. My name is Philip. What's yours?

    July 12, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. whatsay

    What say we sell-off US christinist pagan idols and use the proceeds to prosecute christianist religious leaders who 'sandusky penn stated' US. 🙂

    July 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. whatsay

    Hay! And what say we ask our conjoined at the hip friend Israel to chip in! (sell-off the satanic cult masonic idols and images that adorn Israel's Supreme Court building. Maybe even sell-off that old wooden cross Israeli magistrates trample on while deliberating important casees. The buildings chief architect showed pictures on his deathbed)
    There's no telling how much their illuminati artwork is worth.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. whatsay

    ...and what say you get real. YOU don't support Israeli jewry because it's the right thing to do. You support Israel because your selected 'holy man' told you to, right after he finished covering for the man who sodomized your little boy.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. whatsay

    Interestingly, Denver International Airports chief architect also showed us pictures of the same symbols on walls of giant rooms built beneath the airport.
    He also explained that the over one year delay in opening the airport had nothing to do with a faulty baggage system. They weren't done digging.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Den Vair Port

      They weren't done digging what? You saying there were religious sites at DIA? Odd, I never heard of any our even had am inkling there was anything out there except a junkyard and rattlesnakes!

      July 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Den Vair Port

      Oh, LOL, as far as rooms under the airport? There are a couple levels, some are down so deep they have to be air conditioned! Yes that deep, wonder who occupies those? Lets say this, the President needs permission to go in. and you thought the Colorado Springs mountain was the only "secret"with in this state? This place makes Area 51 look like a shopping center! "Dig Deep and you will find the truth"........Going down?

      July 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Desecration of tombs and graves are abhorrent.
    I don't care WHAT faith is doing it, or what faith it is being done to; it's reprehensible.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    These nutty thugs don't know right from wrong and deserve severest of punishment.
    There are thousands of shrines, sacred relics ,artifacts, historic sites belonging to other faiths scattered around in countries predominantly muslim. Tourists flock to see them.
    And then these handful of sociopaths appear from nowhere and commit their insane acts in the name of religion.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    End allowing organized religious leaders to become filthy rich operating "tax-exempt non-profit" corporations and all of this nonsense ends also.
    One would have to be blind not to see this is a scam perpetrated on the US TAXPAYER, and that it is religious people who foment war more than the others.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |

    And what religious fervor engulfed 80% of the american population that favored invasion of Iraq?

    Just as some hide behind religious origins and organizations so too do men and women of ill intent and low character hide behind patriotism and nationalism for their own nefarious intensions.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I must have been in the 20% that didn't favor an invasion of Iraq; I saw through the machinations of the administration.
      I love my country, but I don't love the leaders that would put us into a war under false pretenses.

      July 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |