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Greenpeace Tramples Nazca Lines

This has made me so blindingly angry I cannot even see straight.

To sum up, there was one undamaged Nazca glyph left on earth. It was the hummingbird.

Now there's none, because Greenpeace thought it would be cute to tromp into a sacred site so fragile that they don't allow the president to visit, nevermind the public.

The Nazca lines are drawn in the Peruvian desert. There is a thin layer of black stones over white soil. You remove the stones, you see the white soil.

If you STEP on the stones, you leave footprints. Archaeologists wear rubber snowshoes to spread their weight out so that it doesn't mar the desert surface.

There are now a whole bunch of new lines, bigger and brighter than the hummingbird glyph, left by Greenpeace walking around. There is no way to really fix this--how do you remove a footprint? People in rubber snowshoes carefully moving pebbles to try and re-darken the marred places? The likelihood is that these footprints will be here for another thousand years.

The irony of Greenpeace not bothering, at any point in this operation, to contemplate the fragility of the environment there is choking.

Their apology is disgraceful--a classic "sorry you were offended" with no mention of the damage done. They literally said it "looks bad." (Note: non-apology is now gone from website, and there is a rather more complete apology from the head of Greenpeace US, so at least they realized how badly they were screwing up on that one.)

I am so angry. There is nothing on earth quite like the Nazca lines. They are extraordinary, they are sacred, they belong to the people of Peru. They make the world better by existing.

The same, now, cannot be said of Greenpeace.

I have been known to buy Greenpeace calenders with cute baby seals. Pretty sure I had a Save the Whales poster as a kid. I had them ranked as occasionally over the top, but generally on the side of angels, not like PETA or EarthFirst. (Does EarthFirst even still exist?)

So much for that. Destroying irreplaceable things for attention is the act of children and terrorists. They will never get a dime from me again, and I hope the people directly responsible are imprisoned and prosecuted to the fullest extent of Peruvian law.

There are so many evil things going on in the world, and they make me sad and sick and angry, and there is nothing I can do about most of them. But this is just blatant stupidity, and stupidity makes me furious. And while there is no direct address for systemic racism and the CIA doesn't give a shit what I think of them and my state representative hasn't the faintest interest in listening to me, Greenpeace has actual e-mail addresses and can be held accountable. And by god, I hope they throw the book at them.

That pissed me off so much when I read it. I got even more pissed off when I made the mistake of reading comments on Facebook about it: "Who cares?" "You're making this up." "There are worse things going on in the world. We should be more worried about [fill in the blanks] than this."

Obviously there are greater problems in the world, but that doesn't make this any less abhorrent. The Nazca lines are stunning, fascinating to contemplate. There is truly nothing else like them. It's so arrogant of Greenpeace to destroy these priceless, sacred works of art to promote an agenda- let alone the irony of destroying a site that is over a thousand years old to promote the message of a renewable future.

Evil is not a zero-sum game. The fact that some things are worse than others doesn't make the others any less bad than they are.

(This is almost a mantra on my dysfunctional-families support community, in the format "Just because some people have it worse doesn't mean that what's happening to you isn't bad."

I've hated Greenpeace ever since they talked famine-stricken Zambia into rejecting an enormous food donation because some of the corn was genetically modified.

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I remember when I was in the U.S. Navy, the USN had a policy of "we don't care about your idiotic protests, you were warned to clear the area, tough luck if you're in the way when our Ohio-class submarine leaves the harbor." I think the Ohio-class may have capsized a few small boats that were illegally trying to block its course out to sea. After being warned that the sub wasn't stopping for anti-nuke protestors.

That is the last calendar of theirs I will buy!

Wow...just wow. There's so much better use of their time, and so many better places they could make that message from. Egregiously awful of them.

Holy crap. I've not tended to donate to them before, I prefer to keep my nature and eco welfare donations as local as possible where I know the money is going.

I hope like hell the whole lot of them get thrown in jail for the max penalty. This is absolutely disgusting and vile and abhorrent. There are no words.

I am so angry. There is nothing on earth quite like the Nazca lines. They are extraordinary, they are sacred, they belong to the people of Peru. They make the world better by existing

Wow what a tragic irony
Read the comments there, such idiots who dont get it
I do hope Peru throws book at them
Irreplaceable historic artifacts
Like when the taliban blew up the thousand year old tallest Buddhas

That is sickening - they'll get no more from me.

Wow. I..just- Holy. Fuck.

Disgusting. I hate terrorism/destructionism disguised as activism. >.

They must be held responsible. Hope Peruvian government starts a case against them. And this time I will wish them all to spend many years in jail. It seems our planet would be safer that way.

I want to set their heads on fire.

Appalling. Those hubristical, fanatical hypocrites.

I spreading the word about this.

Nom de dieu!
I guess it iz time to blow up zheir boat again.

I am speechless, not only at what they did but their blind ignorance of why what they did was so wrong.

Anyone good at photoshop?

What this needs now is a picture stating "the past is irreplaceable!" using a photoshopped image of the Greenpeace's vandalism.

Photoshop nothing, couple of gallons of paint and we paint that on every car, boat and building they own.