The news of ISIS militants taking over one of the largest historical sites in the middle east brings up an important topic: religion and war. The militants are taking a strategic post for gas reserves and road networks are also on a rampage to destroy relics from antiquity. Their most recent conquest, Palmyra, will be subject to their wrath and only time will tell what will be the outcome of the historic site. The one confusing thing about the issue is that it almost seems as if they are attacking themselves, in the name of idolatry. It is a strange, really strange, that they are breaking into museums and smashing priceless artifacts about their origin (or related cultures origins). And now that they have control of an ancient architectural site, what will this spread about their motives and their agenda? What is the UN and American role as a governing force in the region? Will another conservative regime emerge like Iran in the 1970s? Will they just wake up one day and realize that they are idolizing their conquest to rid themselves of idolatry and westernism? There are a lot of questions and I hope the United States makes appropriate decisions in the conflicts. I am interested in hearing what people think on these issues.
PS: At the end of the day, I hope that the militants will realize that they are fighting against themselves and turn their aggression into a rebuilding force for the country.