Уничтожен еще один Будда

Нью-Йорк -- Мир в ужасе смотрел на то, как талибы разрушали монументальные статуи Будды в Бамияне (Афганистан) в 2001 году. Политические и культурные лидеры во всем мире осудили эти действия. Посыпались предложения о помощи. Все спрашивали: будет ли мир готов в следующий раз? Увы, ответом на этот вопрос является громкое «нет».
В долине Сват на северо-западе Пакистана вооруженные исламисты недавно атаковали одну из древнейших и важнейших скульптур буддистского искусства. Восходящий приблизительно к началу эпохи христианства, высеченный в скале высотой в 130 футов образ сидящего Будды был вторым по значимости в Южной Азии после бамиянских статуй.

Более того, это второе происшествие в течение меньше, чем одного месяца. Муртаза Разви из пакистанской газеты «Dawn» правильно заметил, что изваяние находилось не в удаленной местности, а недалеко от центральной трассы, проходящей через долину.

Несмотря на неоднократные обращения пакистанских археологов к местным властям с просьбой об охране сидящего Будды и других исторических памятников, особенно после первой попытки его уничтожения, не было принято никаких мер. Фактически, исламисты имели возможность провести всю работу от сверления отверстий в скале, заполнения их взрывчаткой и до ее детонации при свете дня.

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