Kettenbrief: Petition gegen die Zerstörung antiker Statuen
> Subject: Destruction of Afghan Cultural Heritage
> Dear Friends,
> I just received this petition by email and the damage to the ancient
> Buddhist sculptures in Afghanistan may already have been irrevocably
> done. But that doesn't mean we should remain mute about the event.
> And in case there is something still worth preserving ...
> - Please sign and also forward this e-mail to friends, family,
> news groups, mailing lists etc.
> - DO NOT SIGN TWICE. DO NOT LET IT DEAD END. IF YOU ARE UNABLE OR
> UNWILLING TO SIGN IT, EITHER FORWARD IT TO OTHERS OR RETURN TO
> - To avoid adding ">>" onto the chain, please preferably cut & paste
> the entire petition and list of names into a new message prior to
> - The 100th, 200th, 300th NAME/PERSON to sign is requested to also
> forward the updated list of signatures back to the United Nations
> Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation at
> UNESCO International Petition to Safeguard Afghanistan Cultural Heritage
> We, the undersigned, plead for an immediate end to the Taliban edict
> to demolish Afghanistan's cultural heritage. We further urge the
> Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Mohammed Omar to enter into dialogue
> with the international community - including the Arab and Islamic
> governments that overwhelmingly have condemned these actions - in
> order to explore proposals to safeguard this irreplaceable cultural
> heritage from further, senseless destruction.
> The edict of the 26th of February 2001 to destroy pre-Islamic and
> Buddhist objects-including the world's largest standing Buddha statues
> at Bamiyan-runs counter to all the basic principles of respect,
> tolerance and the wisdom upon which Islam is based, and is a breach of
> the Taliban pledge made in 1999. We plead with Taliban authorities to
> stop this irreversible assault on two millennia of Afghanistan's
> artistic and cultural achievements, treasured not only as the
> spiritual birthright of Buddhists everywhere but also as a universal
> cultural heritage for people of all faiths and nationalities.