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Taliban fundamentalists destroyed Buddhist statues in 2001.

Islamic Art is geometric shapes that aren’t specifically depicting man or animals. Because of the restriction on drawing mammals they can use draw elaborate geometric mosaics as well as flowers or plants that are ingeniously designed and well organized. Although limited by restrictions, Muslims artist which are closely related to the religion have developed an artform of geometric design.

I believe the Danish media made the most effective approach upon the issue of the Taliban fundamentalists destroying the ancient Buddhist stones statues. Although the political and religious cartoons criticizing the intolerant mindset of the Muslim governments and its peoples may have offended some or many people who are of the Islamic faith but the point was clear; the outright intolerance and disrespect of the people of different religious orders would not go un-criticized. Not only did various countries plead the Taliban governments not to destroy the statues but the Buddhists themselves were desperately trying to coherce the Taliban fundamentalists from destroying their religious artifacts.

The Taliban fundamentalists destroyed precious Buddhist artifacts in the early 21st century which should have never been tolerated. This artistic intolerance is ridiculous. The Taliban were pleaded not to destroy these statues by many countries; even Pakistan a largely Muslim country begged them not to do such an act. The Taliban however, ignored these cries and carried on with the destruction of ancient relics of culture and religion which had been widely accepted in the region for centuries that the Muslims occupied the region.

The reaction to the destruction of antique art by the Taliban fundamentalists and the overly strict rules prohibiting total creativity kin art was most expressed by art in popular newspaper in the Western which defied and criticized these aspects of the Islamic ways.

After the political and religious cartoons condemning the behaviors of the Taliban fundamentalists were publish, Muslim riots exploded everywhere, mostly Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Eastern Asia. The Muslims demanded an open apology of Denmark. Also Christian churches were burned down in the Middle East and Africa. Muslim riots also resulted in some deaths inflicted upon Christians (mostly). The artist clearly were unaware of the consequences.

I believe that westerners should stand up for freedom of expression without dictation for forbidden subjects from one group in certain situations; for instance, the political and religious cartoon that criticized the Islamic beliefs did not come out until after the Taliban fundamentalists destroyed the Buddhist statues, as a reaction. Therefore, this situation when the Muslim themselves made physical acts that against freedom of expression, the westerners should stand up freedom although it may offend the religious ideals of Islam because it made it direct point.

Yes I would have created the cartoons before knowing the facts because I feel something needs to be done for these outrageous acts of destroying ancient Buddhist artifacts. Now that I know the consequences, (which include the endangerment of life) I would be very concerned about drawing the cartoon.

These artists should have the rights because they set an average of opinion of the public that deserves to be open to the public. That is part of what makes a country free.

Within the these early years of the 21st century, one thought to be one of much more enlightened rule, the success of the democracy, and a thought of more freedom then ever witnessed was tainted by the hatred and intolerance of the radical Muslims groups such the Taliban Fundamentalists who destroyed ancient Buddhists statues that were carved out upon the mountain regions of Afghanistan. Although these areas were occupied by the Taliban since the 6th century, this issued has newly popped up.

According to the Taliban Fundamentalists, the order of the destruction of the Buddhist of Bamyan in 2001 was to be in the name of Islam; specifically the book of Koran. They felt that the Buddhist statues of the their region could present a problem of influencing their people to challenge their own beliefs. For years the Buddhist statues have been looked upon as amazing spectacles one that awed it viewer, possibly enough to test their Islamic beliefs. Also, according to the Koran, man or animal was not to be portrayed in art, and large statues that portray nothing but a resemblance of man completely defies the sacred book of Koran. Therefore, the destruction went underway. When the peoples of the Western world, such as America and Europe, particularly Denmark, showed their views of anger and disbelief to the destruction of the Buddhist statues by printing political and religious cartoons against the tradition and view of the Muslims. To the Muslims around the world this was unacceptable.

To the westerners however, who repeatedly pleaded the Taliban fundamentalists not to destroy the statues, they needed to express their opinion of the matter. And what better way to shed light upon this political and religious intolerance than a cartoon in the newspaper which many people read. And through these cartoons, they were successful in bringing forth this issue.