How the marvels were created and massacred
The CIA/MIC is succeeding under an the imperial American flag. Of course, it could just be our inherent human nature to create and destroy.
Ancient Buddhist archaeology was thrust into a cruel geopolitical game in our world of seemingly endless conflicts born of greed, hate/fear, and delusion. The ever-changing alliances and antipathies in international politics often calls in old religious duels.
The ironic trade off is providing aid to conserve world heritage while destroying the lives of modern inheritors of that past. Arrayed against the tolerant message of Buddhism is the quagmire of the CIA-created Taliban's "Bamiyan Massacre."
It is a place of open fields and sky, with a long, rich history, evidence of which was being destroyed before scholars could start understanding it.
The valley -- 140 miles northwest of the Afghan capital of Kabul, at an altitude of 8,202 feet (2,500 m) -- follows the Bamiyan river. Some 1,500 years ago, it was a busy node on the trade route between China and greater India.
Bamiyan Buddhas rise again: not only are they being reconstructed in stone, a Chinese artist recently recreated them in light.
Due to Sanskrit and spoken regional languages such as Pali, Prakrit, and Magadhi, Buddhism, Hinduism and, later, Islam coexisted in this part of Asia. It was inhabited and partly urbanized from the 3rd century BC. Russian psychic Madame Blavatsky takes it much further back to the time of giants (asuras, "titans"), the Indus River Valley Civilization, and ancient "Aryans" from Middle Earth.