Punish those who destroy others' heritage

A 2014 photo shows the courtyard of the Temple of Baal in Palmyra.
A 2014 photo shows the courtyard of the Temple of Baal in Palmyra.PHOTO: AFP

Tuesday's report ("Death blow to centuries of cultural heritage") left me angry, disappointed and sad.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and all other parties which have shown disrespect and have destroyed centuries-old artefacts and historic sites must be severely punished.

One of the punishments should be to make them pay for restoring the artefacts and sites to their former state.

There is nothing wrong with people not sharing the same religious beliefs as others.

That being said, to show disrespect and to destroy artefacts, heritage and religious monuments are acts that must not be tolerated and must be forever condemned.

All citizens, governments and national leaders must protect such items and places, as they are a part of humanity's culture and history.

Ace Kindredzen Cheong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2015, with the headline 'Punish those who destroy others' heritage'. Print Edition | Subscribe