Simon Jenkins

When Isis destroy ancient monuments, it’s not always true that ‘people are more important’

Civilised people balance the short-term interest of one generation against the values enshrined in the past, and the right of future generations to share that past

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900: Assyrian civilization, 8th century b.C. Relief depicting warriors on horses. From the Palace of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh, Iraq. Detail. (Photo By DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini/Getty Images)

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