By Caleb R. Newton
There is a consistent strain of notoriety in world media regarding the destruction of cultural heritage artifacts. In late September 2015, the International Criminal Court (ICC) held a hearing for its first court case against an individual, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, “concerning the destruction of buildings dedicated to religion and historical monuments,” according to BBC. Al-Mahdi is from a group that occupied Timbuktu, Mali, in 2012 and 2013. What are some of the underpinnings of the situation like that of al-Mahdi? Is the world pursuing a fool’s errand in attempting to prosecute him?