Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

Islamic State is making headlines by destroying historical artifacts in Iraq. But far from being an expression of medieval nihilism, the campaign on culture is a strategy aimed at drawing the West into battle. The destruction is reminiscent of that wrought by the US.
Islamic State fighters destroy artifacts in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Islamic State fighters destroy artifacts in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

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Iraqi National Museum Deputy Director Mushin Hasan amid the ruins of the museum following looting on April 13, 2003.

Iraqi National Museum Deputy Director Mushin Hasan amid the ruins of the museum following looting on April 13, 2003.

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