Yeah, this pissed me off to no end. Those statues were one of the surviving wonders of the ancient world.
I also remember seeing this "sporting event" where the Taliban drove a woman out into the middle of the Kabul soccer stadium, dragged her out of the back of a pickup by her hair, and then shot her in the head. (The news cut away right after the guy pulled out his gun.) Her crime? Adultery (supposedly). Meanwhile, they had banned using the stadium for soccer matches because they consider soccer and other sports to be an offense against religion. Really? And their use of the stadium is not, eh?
For these two reasons alone -- never mind sheltering Al Qaeda -- I truly wish these primitives would just drop dead. I'm all for cross-cultural understanding and tolerance, but these guys are just walking, talking excrement.