This is a major story when we are fighting to free certain towns in Iraq and Afganistan. It is the only thing you will see on the subject in the major media. However, there is more to the story than is being reported (surprise, surprise!)
Muslims vs. Muslims: The Untold Story
By Sherrie Gossett | January 4, 2005
Looking back on 2004, much was heard about the alleged desecration of Muslim holy sites by American troops fighting in Iraq. Protests against American troops were held around the world and Arab governments issued statements of condemnation.
What goes largely unreported is the fact that Muslims have been attacking, desecrating, and destroying their own mosques, shrines and holy sites. One case involves turning the Prophet Mohammed's childhood home into a public restroom. The Wahhabi form of Islam regards these religious buildings, structures and relics as idols to be destroyed.
The BBC also carried comments from Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary-General Hasan Nasrallah, who warned America of "serious repercussions" for what he termed their "violation" of the holy Iraqi cities of Al-Najaf and Karbala.
Official resolutions condemning the American "desecration" were passed by government bodies in Pakistan and Iran. Ironically, however, during the same month that thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets in a furor over what America was doing in Iraq, zealots with the backing of the Pakistani police stormed the Ahmadiyya mosque in Nakhalpara, Pakistan, to remove books deemed offensive to Islam and banned by the government.
Giving Pakistan a run for their money, though, is the astonishing scope of destruction of Islamic sites in Saudi Arabia. Historic tombs, landmarks, mosques and battle sites, all central to the Muslim faith, have either been destroyed or been ordered to be destroyed. The birthplace of Mohammed, founder of the Islamic faith, was razed over and turned into a public restroom.
The general media blackout is surprising given the worldwide coverage of the Taliban's destruction of ancient Buddhist statues in Afghanistan in 2001, a move which was universally seen as a great cultural loss. Indeed, the U.N.'s Kofi Annan seemed more concerned about the destruction of the statues than the fact that the Taliban had turned the country over to Osama bin Laden's terrorists.