Quote Originally Posted by Poco
My earliest childhood memory is of standing on the head of one of the two giant buddhas destroyed by the Taliban. I vividly remember looking out past the curved rock vault above to the incredibly blue sky beyond. I've never seen a sky like that again.

There were many tragedies within the horror of 9/11 but certainly one of them was that it, and the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan, occurred a year too late to save those Buddhas.
How sad they are gone.

I recall watching video of the destruction of those statues and realizing at that moment the Taliban had no respect for other cultures and that we would soon engage in a clash of civilizations.