"The Palmyra oasis is a strategic location, unfortunately almost awaiting attention and thus disaster," Manning writes. "Usually ISIS justifies destruction by claiming representative art to be idolatrous and pre-Islamic religious objects or structures sacrilegious. It seeks to destroy diversity and enforce narrow uniformity. Evidence of a tolerant, diverse past is anathema. Prosaically, looted antiquities provide key funds to ISIS."
Why ISIS wants to erase Palmyra's history
August 31, 2015