In one example of their ‘cultural cleansing’ campaign, Islamic State militants released a video depicting the complete destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud. Because the historical past did not comport with their modern-day, “evolved” views and values, they determined the whole of the artwork, including representations and symbolism of the past, was not only unworthy of continued existence, but merited eradication.

Overlooking the bloodthirsty violence that is an ISIS hallmark, there is no fundamental ideological difference between these people and those who are now demanding that every trace of the Civil War, the Confederacy and the South be erased from history books and reality, simply because it does not reflect their modern-day, “evolved” views and values. Revision of history is the ultimate act of totalitarian power, and ultimately, an act of self-hatred.

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