Muslims Destroyed 10,000 Books in American School

Remember this is about a movie trailer, it’s not about a destructive ideology that runs on hate. It’s about a movie. Just like the destruction of the Library of Alexandria was about a movie.

This marks the second week since the devastating attacks on the US Embassy and the American Cooperative School of Tunis (ACST), Tunisia, where I teach art and drama here in North Africa. We are still holding our breath.

Nowhere in our dreams did we imagine, all of us holed up in our homes, that the “peaceful protest” would turn ugly and migrate to our school, which is located across the highway from the embassy.

Our only updates were from head of security at the school, describing the devastation, the looting and burning through Facebook posts and phone calls.  The news was heartbreaking and shocking; books, computers, toys, furniture, personal possessions and even the school buses, smashed, burned, vandalized and subsequently destroyed, all in the name of an amateur anti-Islamist movie, which none of us had even seen.

The Lower School library lost 10,000 books. The playgrounds were littered with shattered glass and melted plastic. Everywhere we looked, we saw hatred and anger. The acrid, smoky odor overpowered us. We were all brought to tears. This was a sucker punch; it wasn’t about the video, this was about feeling disenfranchised, envious and the opportunity to loot and destroy what wasn’t theirs. Little did these thieves and thugs realize, ACST employs many local Tunisians, and Tunisian children attend the school.

We reluctantly re-entered the school on Monday, just the staff and teachers, dazed and confused.  We went through the motions of cheerfully cleaning up the campus, but this violation was irreparable. There was, and still is, a loss of trust for Tunisian officials and local neighbors, many of whom were seen carrying laptops and guitars from the school in the streets. No one showed up to help us, and that made us very vulnerable and still does.

There’s a dose of reality here, but not enough. The “thieves and thugs” clearly did realize it. They knew enough to make off with whatever they could while destroying what they couldn’t take. They had no reason not to do it because they knew that the silly American liberals would just replace all of it and then they can loot and pillage the school a second time. That’s how this game works.

The books? As a certain Caliph said of the Library of Alexandria, if the books contradict the Koran then they are blasphemous and should be destroyed. If they agree with it, then they are redundant and should be destroyed. But if they are Kindles then we should take them and sell them on eBay to fund the martyrs fighting in Chechnya, Gaza and Timbuktu.

  • Morty62

    "O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! … That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain." – Hamlet.

    It must be an awful feeling to realize that the very people you have been trying to help secretly despise you and that all the smiles and nods are simply a thin patina covering a cultural animosity poised to explode into irrationality and violence at the slightest perceived provocation. The barbarian will never look at the civilized man except through a glass darkened by jealousy and contempt.

    • Kufar Dawg

      The libtarded, amoral idiots won't realize that fact until the knife is at their throat.

    • Kevin Hazelrigg

      In fact, the mohammadeans have never made their hate for us a secret…it's simply that certain government agencies, liberal news outlets and terrorist sympathizers are trying to convince us that we're "doing good"

      Kill 100% of all foreign aid. Close every embassy not in a known, tried and tested ally of the US. Bring our troops back, put them on our borders…and let the rest of the world fend for itself.

    • tdirish

      I posted below, but am going to post here as a reply. I am a Christian American, working at a school in Kuwait, with 1800 students, 99% Muslim. In the last four weeks, our Muslim families have donated almost 3000 books and 2,800 dollars to support the rebuilding of the ACST library. Our school showed a video of the destroyed library to our elementary students. The next day we had one Muslim boy who went home and asked his parents to allow him to pick out 87 books from his own library to give to a school he had just learned about that needed help. Some gave 2, some 10, 15, 20. More than 60% of our students gave at least one book. This is not the act of people who secretly despise America. These Muslim families see the value of an American education and are deeply invested in showing the world that most Muslims are peaceful, loving people who want to make the world a better place. The people who attacked, looted, and destroyed the ACST library do not represent the Muslim faith any more than the KKK represents Christianity. American Schools in the Middle East promote good will, understanding and education. After two years working with these families, I see more similarities that bring us together than differences.

  • Edward Clne

    "More pity that the eagle shall be mute, while kites and buzzards prey at liberty." Hastings, in Richard III.

  • Flap_Jack

    Isn't there some way we can just build an impregnable wall around the US and let them all do whatever it is they do only just to themselves?

  • derekcrane

    "It's what they do."

  • PaulRevereNow

    Send this article to all college Presidents in the United States; because this is what happens to the educational process under Sharia law–only one book is necessary….that thing…Mohammed's Diary….you know…the Qur'an.
    Oh, and send this article to the American Library Association; very few libraries and very few librarians in Muslim countries–they're not needed.

  • Anonymous

    I'm reminded of Dan Diner's "Lost in the Sacred" (2009) — an excellent book which explains so much about the Arab/Muslim world. Among other things, they suppressed the printing press for 300 years (preferred hand writing). Then there's the Arabic language — (another set of problems) — anyway, explains, in part, why they lag so, so far behind the West. (Personally, I think the West should withdraw — let them sort out their problems by themselves.)

  • tarasbalderdash

    It reminds me of the joke about the two Russian policeman, Vanya and Misha. Vanya says, hey, our friend Seryozha got a promotion. We should get him something. How about a bottle of something? Nah, says Misha, that's no good. Let's get him a book! Nope, says Vanya, that's no good either. He already has a book.

  • rick

    Those mozzies are Koranimals!

  • docofthebay

    The Mossad did it

  • poetcomic1

    What the hell are you doing in a Muslim country running a school? It is SO over. It is time to draw a line with civilization on one side and 'Islam' on the other and let them stew in their wretchedness. The most telling point in the above story is that you close neighbors and the Tunisians around you didn't even bother to offer any help – they were LOOTING.

  • Fabio Juliano

    With every passing day, I become more convinced that, just like with Nazism, we will not be able to give Islam or its followers any quarter.

  • Richard

    "Afghanistan's senate voted to cut the word "friendship" from a pact with France because Islamic texts say it cannot be used to describe relations between Muslims and infidels" – AFP

    "We argued, we said that France has been a close friend of Afghanistan for a very long time," said Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, who chaired the senate session.

    "Some senators disagreed, but the important thing is that the pact was approved, and will be sent to the foreign ministry."

    That's truly great ! Afghanistan cannot be friends with an infidel country France, but it can accept its money and arms. This is allowed by Islam through a system called Jizya where the infidels feel subdued and need to pay the Muslims a kind of protection money.

  • Fabio Juliano

    I have a hard time sympathizing because there shouldn't be American schools in Muslim countries in the first place, nor hospitals, embassies, or any form of aid or technology transfer. Let the Muslims wallow in their backwardness.

  • tdirish

    I work at a school in Kuwait, with 1800 students, 99% Muslim. Our Muslim families have donated 2166 books and 2,800 dollars to support ACST. These Muslim families see the value of an American education and are deeply invested in showing the world that most Muslims are peaceful, loving people who want to make the world a better place. The people who attacked, looted, and destroyed the ACST library do not represent the Muslim faith any more than the KKK represents Christianity.