Going to my point above, this is interesting - the last act connected to that temple was a human sacrifice, of a man who evidently honoured knowledge and human civilisation more than fanaticism:
[url=http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/isis-beheads-elderly-ex-antiquities-chief-in-syrias-palmyra-150820.htm][b]ISIS Beheads Elderly Ex-Antiquities Chief in Syria's Palmyra[/b][/url]
The Islamic State group beheaded the 82-year-old retired chief archaeologist of Palmyra after he refused to leave the ancient city, Syria’s antiquities chief said.
A UNESCO World Heritage site famed for well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins, Palmyra was seized from government forces in May, fueling fears the IS jihadists might destroy its priceless heritage as it had done in other parts of Syria and Iraq.
Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told AFP he had urged Khaled al-Assaad to leave Palmyra, but he had refused.
“He told us: ‘I am from Palmyra and I will stay here even if they kill me.’”
Abdulkarim said Assaad was murdered execution-style on Tuesday afternoon in Palmyra, in central Homs province.
“Daesh has executed one of Syria’s most important antiquities experts,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.
Photos purporting to show Assaad’s body tied to a post in Palmyra were circulated online by IS supporters.
The killing is one of hundreds that have been carried out by IS in and around Palmyra since they took the city. The United States, France and UNESCO voiced outrage over Assaad’s death.
“He was the head of antiquities in Palmyra for 50 years and had been retired for 13 years,” Abdulkarim said.
He hailed Assaad as a leading expert on the ancient history of the city, which grew from a caravan oasis first mentioned in the second millennium BC.
“He spoke and read Palmyrene, and we would turn to him when we received stolen statues from the police and he would determine if they were real or fake.”
- ‘They’ll never silence history’ -
Abdulkarim said Assaad’s body had been hung in the city’s ancient ruins after being beheaded.
But the photo circulating online showed a body on a median strip of a main road, tied to what appeared to be a lamp post.
A sign attached to the body identified it as that of Assaad.
It accused him of being an apostate and a regime loyalist for representing Syria in conferences abroad with “infidels”, as well as being director of Palmyra’s “idols”.
It also claimed he had been in contact with regime officials.
Abdulkarim said Assaad had been detained by IS last month along with his son Walid, the current antiquities director for Palmyra, who was later released.
… UNESCO’S director general, Irina Bokova, said she was “both saddened and outraged to learn of the brutal murder,” adding that “they killed him because he would not betray his deep commitment to Palmyra”.
“His work will live on far beyond the reach of these extremists. They murdered a great man, but they will never silence history.”
Who’s got half an hour free on Sunday to light a candle to affirm the CONTINUING presence of Ba’al, and all the old gods, reborn into our hearts after this babyish destruction by the fanatics?
Seems like the right thing to do somehow, and it shouldn’t be overly demanding.