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Q2: If you threaten to attack cultural and historical sites, it shows that you don't really care about the value of these things to people. Iranian people and the world as a whole benefit from the history of these sites. There's a wealth of important information that can be gleaned from these places, so threatening to destroy them can be jarring. Silkes also says that destroying these sites can eradicate the history of a group of people. I think the people who will be affected by this isn't just the people who the cites threatened have the most meaning to, but everyone as a whole. If these sites are destroyed than nobody who isn't familiar with these places would never understand what happened there, and that's detrimental to everyone.

renee alderman

Q1. In the very first sentence, Silkes provides President Donald Trump's perspective, that is, essentially, comparing historic, cultural buildings/monuments with roads bombed in America. He does not hold much respect for Iran's cultural monuments. She then gives an opposing view, providing this view via embedding the quote directly into her sentence (whereas with Trump's quote, she does blend his words into hers). The only other sentence that is not embedded, is a quote in direct response to Trump's quote, and it is an opposing view to his.

Q2. I think these threats "strike such a chord" because they're threats against valuable irreplaceable monuments of history and culture for Iranians, that of which cannot be replaced or remodeled. These monuments are vital to keeping their culture alive. It is a part of who they are. If these monuments are destroyed, it will remove the history of the culture and could wipe out the culture itself, as there is nothing left to remember it by, once its generation of people have passed. The people who will be effected by the destruction of these cultural sites are the next generation, who will no longer have that history in their lives, as well as the world as a whole. It's a culture that will be removed, or forgotten, and that effects everyone.

Q3. According to Silkes, one of the most valuable sites is the Masjed-e Jame. From the list of World Heritage sites one I recognized was the Notre Dame Cathedral in Belgium. It fits the criteria for selection in many ways: it is a beautiful, masoterfully created building of brilliance (i), has been a place of religious culture for a society long since past (iii) & (v), and represents greatly the history of Belgium (viii). The Sites of Conscience seem to be more dark and historic for negative reasons, mandatory to keep safe for their importance in history, but not positively. The World Heritage sites are more about culture, art, and beauty.

Q4. Minorities are often ignored or silenced in America. Muslims and Iranians, for example, are often treated differently, aren't trusted, or their voices aren't recognized. They are unfairly silenced by the majority. Other religions, ethnicities, and races are often silenced or treated differently too, and sometimes things that hold cultural significance for them are disrespected, insulted, and sometimes destroyed. These minorities may not have as large a voice in US media because they are feared or they are not respected, and despite America claiming to be a diverse and accepting country, they do not always accept other ethnicities/cultures/races simply because they are not like them.

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