Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Oh, Yeah. When I think of culture, I think of the United Nations and UNESCO . . .

The Afgan government has a little something in the works. Remember when the Taliban blew to pieces some Buddhas carved out of stone in the cliffs? You know - destroy culture and art and icons all at the same time, a triple hat trick for the mullahs, and an intentional act of defiance to the whole world.

The Afgan government has worked out a deal whereby light images of the Buddhas could be projected on the cliff walls in the place where the statues used to be, using lasers. Not as good as the real thing, of course, but at least it would be a little something like they once had. Bittersweet.

But wait a minute. Before the Afgans can go through with their plan, they have to get permission from the United Nations, which must first make up its mind if shining laser lights on the cliffs will harm the cliffs in any way, because we are all so very sensitive about that sort of thing.

Hey. The Taliban didn't ask for permission. And when the Afgans did, permission should have been granted instantly. Even a moment's hesitation is shameful.

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