What is occurring even as this piece is being written is a modern version of the frenzied iconoclasm of the past. Today’s leftists are much like the zealots who attacked cathedrals during the Reformation, knocking the heads off statues, destroying relics, breaking stained glass windows and even stripping paint from church walls. The iconoclasts believed they were purifying the church from idolatry and heresy by so doing.What's that witticism about history being written by the winners. But rewriting the record does not, of necessity, equate to rushed and sloppy thinking.
In like manner, the religion of the Left is seeking the destruction of symbols, statues and paintings representing what they believe to be an unmitigated racist world view diametrically opposed to the doctrines of the pure church of liberalism.
Consequently, what may be at stake is the distinct possibility of a panicky purge of the history of the American South. A purge is to be achieved by eliminating anything that calls forth memory of the Confederacy.
We have seen excesses of panicky and irrational historical revisionism and iconoclasm from time immemorial.I'm surprised she didn't invoke the caliphate, laying waste to antiquities all over Asia Minor. But the Army of Northern Virginia's battle flag is hardly a frippery reflecting heretical views, and its reappearance in the past fifty years is anything but an innocent rediscovery of a lost regional tradition. Sometimes, as Winston Churchill notes, a bad idea has to disappear.
Whether it was Thutmose III’s desecration of Hatshepsut’s statues and the attempt to eliminate any memory of the woman pharaoh; or the attempt during France’s Reign of Terror to eliminate the aristocracy and the Church, including a plan to blow up Notre Dame; or Stalin’s attempt to remove all traces of the Romanoff dynasty, including the complete destruction of the Russian Orthodox Church; or Mao Tse Tung’s Red Guards, who attempted to eliminate Western, including Christian, influence from Chinese culture, as well as ancient Chinese culture itself -- the motives have always the same: destroy any offensive symbols of historical events that indicating beliefs differing from the reigning cultural powers. Only one viewpoint is to be permitted. Only “pure” symbols reflecting the viewpoint of ideologues is to be taught. Into the bonfire of vanities with fripperies that reflect heretical views.
In sum, the mentality of the ancient Edomites toward Jerusalem currently appears to be among those of the Left: “Tear it down. Tear it down to the foundations.” No stone must be left untouched until the entire memory of a hated past is completely eliminated.
We know it will be hard; we expect it to be long, we cannot predict or measure its episodes or its tribulations. But one thing is certain, one thing is sure, one thing stands out stark and undeniable, massive and unassailable for all the world to see. We cannot see how deliverance will come or when it will come, but nothing is more certain that every trace of Hitler's footsteps, every stain of his infected, corroding fingers will be sponged and purged and, if need be, blasted from the surface of the earth.Which the Ninth Army documented, in the case of Hitler's totems.