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Will destroyed Buddha statue be reconstructed?
March 2nd, 2011
10:54 AM ET

Will destroyed Buddha statue be reconstructed?

The giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, once painted in bright colors, remained silent sentinels as they reacquired the hues of the sandstone cliffs from which they were carved.

The statues, which looked upon a visually stunning region of central Afghanistan for about 1,500 years, have been gone for 10 years, victims of the Taliban, who destroyed them as part of its campaign to destroy pre-Islamic artifacts considered an assault on the faith.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Buddhism • Islam

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Rinzin

    Destroying, Lord Buddha's statues and temples are not new in Afghanistan. I think most Buddhists around are sad, but they didn't express their grudges and aversion as muslims do normally. Afghanistan as a pure Islamic state need not rebuild Bamiyan to lure Buddhist countries............. They can build a look alike statue of Bamiyan but not old and real Bamiyan......

    March 19, 2011 at 5:17 am |
  2. Dean

    I was in Bamiyan in 2002. In case you guys didn't know, the Taliban enlisted the help of explosives experts from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia when their first attempt to destroy the statues failed.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  3. =IQ

    we have a winner,congrats Justina.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • Justina

      @=IQ: You guys need to improve your CQ(conscience quotient) because polishing IQ and EQ didn't help you at all.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  4. I'm sorry..could you repeat that.

    @ Justina,put the pipe down..that stuff will rot your brain.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Justina

      I'm-t, if you cannot make some readable comments, don't assume everyone is on drugs like you are.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  5. Mark

    If they want to rebuild them, let them, but with their own funds. Given that region's instability, who's to say they won't be smashed up again. I don't know what they're going to build them from, since they were pretty well smashed up.

    March 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  6. Frogist

    I think they should be reconstructed. We are rebuilding on the site of the WTC. It could be a show of togetherness, defiance and strength. You can take away the statues, but not the sentiments behind them.

    March 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Frogist

      Helloooooo CK ! Just wanted to drop you a note and say hi. I've been extremely busy with work and other things, so I have not had much time for the 'belief blogs.'

      Anyway, hope that all is far better than well for you.

      Peace...

      March 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      But Buddhism is really not about shows of strength and defiance. Notice how no Buddhist screamed for war and invasion when the statues were blown up?

      March 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  7. BL

    Ironically, the Buddha, who recognized the impermanence of all things, would only laugh at the absurdity of efforts to either destroy or recreate these monuments.

    March 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Lester Bangs

      Yes, Buddhism is wonderful that way. No wonder it is the religion with by far the least war, torture, oppression and intersectarian conflict.

      March 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Justina

      Lester, that's because Buddhists prohibit other religions in their land. It's easy to keep filthy peace where there is no religious freedom.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      That is pretty ignorant, Justina.

      Buddhism is the only religion with a very long history of peaceful co-existence with other religions. I doubt you can give an example of Buddists excluding other religions from a country, as opposed to Christians, who have done it extensively throughout history.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:47 am |
    • Justina

      Al, you secular Westerners are dreaming about Buddhism because you guys never study. Buddhism is one of the harshest religions towards non-members. All ex-Buddhist countries were freed from evil seclution by foreign forces; religious freedom didn't exist in Buddhists' minds until taught by Christians. Some were overtaken by communists and even laws allow partial freedom but not enforced. Present villain nations with Buddhist majority: Vietnam, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos and Bhutan. It used to be a lot more. Buddhists don't tolerate other religions.

      March 3, 2011 at 6:53 am |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      That's pretty bad, Justina. Most of the countries you list have Buddhism under repression as well. You named Viet Nam, a communist country, as an example of Buddhist repression? Hilarious! Myanmar? The anti-government protests were lead by the Buddhists, who are now severely limited.

      Your "facts" do not bear much scrutiny.

      March 3, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • chickyd

      Justina, I think you are referring to "Chinese" Buddhism, not Buddha's Buddhism. Buddha included everyone and taught peace to all. After his death his journals were fought over and burned by the Chinese Emperor. This guy then made his own version of Buddhism, which is the popular version today. Buddha's buddhist are tolerant of other religions, but they don't let other religions oppress them (as well as convert), so maybe that's were you are confused.

      March 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  8. Syriac

    Everytime there is a muslim majority, the minority has no respect. Nothing new here.

    March 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  9. GSA

    @MoHam – So it must be Islam that is also picketing soldiers funerals in America and it must be the Islamic Mosques that are molesting young boys in record numbers and then trying to deny or hide this right? Sorry bud, that was Christians/Catholics/Baptists. There are wackos in every race/religion/color and you can paint all with the same brush.
    @Squirt South Carolina – you're right and that would be lovely but i'm sure the Taliban really don't give a F!

    March 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  10. Squirt South Carolina

    Yes, the Buddhas should be rebuilt...and the Taliban and al Qaeda should pay the bill, if not contribute to the labor force to
    do the reconstruction.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  11. MoHam

    It is not taliban. It is Islam. Pure & Evil Islam.
    Hope the world wake up from its deep sleep and see things as they are!

    March 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  12. johngeisler

    There are just things enlightenment looks beyond this ! eye see you

    March 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • BL

      Thank you, and absolutely correct!

      March 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
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