Great Heroes Should be Honored

The date: August 18, 2015.

On his knees, waiting for his beheading, is the Syrian archaeologist Dr Khaled al-Asaad, Palmyra dig leader. Khaled al-Asaad refused to reveal the location of Tadmur’s treasures and antiques (current Palmyra) he had hidden before the arrival of the Islamic State.

Al-Asaad was beheaded on the square in front of the museum where he worked for over 50 years.

His mutilated body was then hanged from a traffic light.

Khaled al-Asaad was the main goalkeeper of Palmyra antiques and in July 2015 he was captured by Islamic state fighters. Despite numerous tortures, he did not reveal the museum treasure location and was executed in Palmyra Central Square. When it became clear that fighters were going to capture Palmyra, scientists led by Al Asaad did everything to hide Palmyra’s unique and priceless antiques. He was the one who played a leading role in salvation of hundreds of artifacts, carrying them from Palmyra to a safe place.

Khaled al-Asaad spoke five languages in addition to six old idiomatic languages, some of which are now extinct. Several European countries offered him residence and citizenship, but he refused to leave Syria.

He fought to death to save humanity’s heritage.

– Vincent Flibustier

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May the Lord Jesus, King of Martyrs, receive this brave man’s sacrifice and honor him for his courage and love of the good on That Day.


4 Responses

  1. There are times when bravery surpasses all thoughts of self. Khaled al-Assad surely sets an incredibly high bar. Peace upon his soul.

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