Arguments ForArguments for destruction of the statues were articulated in February 2001 by Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar:
"It has been decided to break down all statues/idols present in different parts of the country. This is because these idols have been gods of the infidels, who worshipped them, and these are respected even now and perhaps may be turned into gods again. The real God is only Allah, and all other false gods should be removed."
Arguments AgainstThe arguments against destruction of the statues were expressed, among others, by Naqibullah Ahmad Yarn, the president of the National Museum of Afghanistan:
"It's nothing to do with ideology... It's about the culture and history of the country... We're not opposed to this exhibition in principle because the exhibits are part of our history. And everything which happens in the country becomes part of the country and the government is obliged to preserve it."