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Mo vs. Mao

Reader comment on item: L'Institut d'Égypte – In Memoriam
in response to reader comment: Return of "looted arts" to their countries of origin

Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Dec 28, 2011 at 15:18

Ronald ng wrote :

> The attacks by fanatics on historical heritage are not limited ot Egypt or the Islamic World. Fanatics are fanatics, whether they are religious fanatics or not. Witness the destruction of books and works of arts in China during the Cultural Revolution by the fanaticism whipped up by Mao and the Gang of Four."

And how long did the Cultural Revolution in China - or even the more infamous burning of books and burying scholars under the Qin dynasty - last compared to Islam's incessant cultural revolution that is going on for 1400 years now producing everywhere the same effects and using the same means of desecrated and destroyed temples, burnt books and beaten or dead scholars "not in agreement with the Quran", forced conversions to Islam and massive discrimination and persecutions of those who refuse to be dhimmis?

I wonder if you make a distinction between something which is exceptional,accidental, sporadic and uncharacteristic of a system like in Mao's case and something which has since the every beginning formed the very core of a system like in Mo's case?

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