Buddahs, destroyed in Afghanistan
Culturecide of the Islamic Republic of Iran
By: Amil Imani
Thursday, 26 June 2008
The intolerant monolithic Islamists are on the march, lashing out with fury
at non-Islamic people and cultures. This cult of violence and death spares
neither the living nor the non-living heritage of humanity: wherever and
whenever it can it commits culturecide—wiping out other people’s precious
cultural treasures. Not long ago, the Islamists’ destruction of the Buddha
statues in Afghanistan shocked the world and exposed the savage nature of
this cult of violence depravity. Yet, much more destruction on a broad range
is taking place in Iran under the direction of the Islamist theocrats.
The Islamist zealots ruling Iran for the past 30 years have undertaken a
systematic campaign of endangering and destroying the cultural sites of
pre-Islamic Iran, ignoring the numerous petitions and pleas of the Iranian
For one, blatantly rejecting the repeated appeals of individuals and
organizations such as the International Committee to Save the Archeological
Sites of Pasargad , the Islamic Republic proceeded with the construction of
the Sivand Dam which went into operation on April 2007 by the order of the
ruling Islamists’ point man, President Ahmadinejad.
What many experts have warned nd feared has already come to pass. The
inevitable elevation of humidity from the Sivand Dam has given rise to
massive invasion of Cyrus the Great Mausoleum by lichen and fungi. Cracks
have started to appear on the stonework of tomb of King Cyrus, humanity’s
first author of the charter of human rights.
The building of the Sivand Dam by the Islamist government was launched under
the pretext that it would be a boon for the farmers. Impartial experts,
including expert geologists from the University of Shiraz, have countered
with evidence to the exact opposite outcome. Farmers in the area had worked
diligently for centuries and habilitated the originally salty soil. Water
from the new dam is bound to make it the farmers’ bane by returning the soil
to salinity once again, experts warned.
In order to discredit those who protested against constructing the ruinous
dam, the Islamic Republic’s Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, who
ironically heads the state culture and heritage organization, has claimed
that groups “opposing the Islamic Republic” are behind the protests.
Mr. Rahim-Mashai who was appointed as the director of ICHTHO after Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad was “elected” as the regime’s new President said in a press
conference in March 2006 that he had never heard of the Sivand Dam or the
Bolaghi Valley. The Pasargad Heritage Foundation has filed a complaint
against Mr. Mashai for a hearing on his intentional systematic endeavor to
destroy ancient cultural treasures of the Iranian people.
The destructive effects of the Dam is also impacted the air quality of the
area. According to Amir-Teimur Khosravi the Mayor of Pasargadae , “the level
of humidity near the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great is so high that none of
the Pasargadae’s residents have ever experienced it before. There is
constant flow of damp and humidity smells in the Pasargadae plains that are
coming from Bolaghi Gorge. In the Southwest section of the mausoleum, which
is considered the entrance to the archaeological site, the subterranean
waters have surfaced and caused cracks to appear on the stonework.”
Khosravi continued, “Pasargadae has always been renowned for its clean and
pleasant weather, but now, as a result of high levels of humidity produced
from [the artificial lake behind] the Sivand dam, the area suffers from a
Referring to the gorge, “it is far from here,” said one of the government’s
functionaries at the dam site, which is slowly filling up. “There will be no
damage.” People in the provincial capital Shiraz—renowned as being the
capital of poets and beautiful roses, as well as for its imperial Persian
ruins—have a different opinion. They say the project may increase humidity
in the arid area near the city of Shiraz, which they believe could damage
the limestone mausoleum of Cyrus the Great.
From its inception, the Islamic Republic has waged a systematic campaign of
wiping out any and all cultural heritage and even joyous pre-Islamic
festivals of the Iranian people: replacing Iranian’s traditional happy
celebratory events such as Nowruz , Yalda , and many more with endless
death-centered Islamic mourning. The Islamists aim to obliterate the Persian
antiquities as well as any vestiges of the pre-Islamic Iran. They have put
in charge inept puppets as archeology experts so that it would justify their
terrorist action against Persian antiquities.
The illegitimate government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a quisling
foreign entity that has betrayed Iranian people, its tradition, its glorious
pre-Islamic achievements, and is incessantly working against Iran’s national
interest. Iran, under the stranglehold and machinations of these parasites,
has been transformed, in less than three decades, to the lead perpetrator of
all that is abhorrent to humanity.
Although the Islamic Republic’s record speaks dismally for itself, there are
numerous reasons for its relentless campaign of cultural genocide. The
Islamic regime’s decision to slowly destroy Cyrus the Great tomb is in part
motivated by the realization that the people revere King Cyrus for the just
laws he instituted as well as his emancipation of the Jews some 2500 years
ago. Hence, this benevolent king is despised by the Islamists for
symbolizing what are truly Iranian and anathema to Islamic credo, as well as
keeping the love of non-Islamic nationalism alive in the heart of the
Under the guise of development, the Islamic Republic has launched a
comprehensive program of obliterating any physical traces of Iran’s rich
archeological sites. A partial list of these acts is listed below.
* Sahand Dam in East Azerbaijanwhich will submerge the 6000-year-old Kul
Tepe site. Archaeologists agree that over ten ancient sites in the region,
some from the fifth millennium B.C. will be buried under the water,
according to an official of the East Azerbaijan Province Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Department.
*Alborz Dam in Mazandaran province, which caused irreversible damage to the
cultural heritage of the eastern part of Mazandaran province.
*Karun Dam in Khuzestan province is submerging the ancient sites of the
* Mulla Sadra Dam to Drown 7000 Years of History. “Mehr Ali Farsi is one of
the most important archeological sites of Fars province. Archeological
excavations in this historical site could reveal many unknown facts about
the pre-historic period of Fars province. “Despite the fact that this
historical site had been identified before the inundation of Mulla Sadra
Dam, the authorities of the dam have neglected the necessity for carrying
out excavations in this area and started the flooding of the dam in a very
short time,” according to Azizollah Rezayi, head of archeology team in Mehr
Ali Farsi historical site.
*Salman-e Farsi Dam was inundated in 2007, without the CHTHO’s permission.
It flooded a 350-hectare Sassanid city, which had been inhabited since the
*Destruction of one of the biggest historical sites in the Chahar-Mahal
Bakhtiariprovince by the Islamic Republic Ministry of Road and
Transportation. A local archaeologist who wished to remain anonymous for his
safety said: “Israel should not be worried about the [Islamic] regime’s
threat of wiping it off from the map; it is we [Iranians] who should be
worried, as the regime is determined to wipe us off of the map.”
He added “everyday this anti-Iranian regime is coming up with a new plot to
destroy our heritage. One day our heritage is being threatened by dam
projects, the next it’s road constructions. They claim these are development
projects, but if this is the case why is our heritage being destroyed in the
darkness of night and in secret – and why don’t they sit down with the
cultural authorities to find a solution to carry out their so-called
development projects, and at the same time safeguard our national heritage?”
*45,000 years old Paleolithic site of Kaftarkhun , located in Iran’s Isfahan
province, has been completely annihilated to build a horse racing course
while the eastern parts of this ancient site have seen irreversible damage
due to quarry blasting.
*1000-hectare area of a historical site belonging to Parthian dynastic era
(248 BCE-224CE) in Khuzestan province has also fallen victim to
developmental constructions of the Islamic regime’s Hamidieh Azad University
in Hamidieh city.
* Tomb of Firuzan (Abu-Lu’lu’ah) in Kashan destroyed, in part to placate the
Sunni Arabs. This Persian hero killed the Islam’s third Caliph, Umar ibn
al-Khattāb, avenging the death on thousands of Iranian by Omar’s Islamic
The inanimate historical sites of the world are indeed living schools where
invaluable lessons are held in their repositories. Preserving, exploring and
studying these sites tell a great deal about humanity’s past, its triumphs
Destroying these sites, no matter where they are in the world is tantamount
to the burning of libraries. Only truly barbarians such as the bigoted
Islamists fail to appreciate these treasures that belong to the entire human
family. It is the Islamists’ belief that any and all information, ideals and
practices that fall outside of Islam are void and must be eliminated.
It is the imperative duty of all enlightened people to steadfastly counter
the relentless monolithic Islamic culturcide taking place in Iran or
wherever in the world the scourge of Islamism invades.