The New York Times has reported that at least some Taliban authorities have directed that all statues in Afghanistan--including those commonly viewed as priceless exemplars of cultural (largely Buddhist) heritage and as treasures--be destroyed. The Taliban's rationale--that these statues have been used as idols and deities by non-Islamic believers and may be turned into idols in the future--is largely discussed in the context of leading to a global cultural catastrophe, as an unacceptable decision, as gratuitous vandalism, as exemplifying a rigid ignorance deserving unique contempt and disgust.
"Trends. The Idolatry of Ignorance and Iconoclasm: Notes on the Taliban,"
International Bulletin of Political Psychology: Vol. 10
, Article 4.
Available at: https://commons.erau.edu/ibpp/vol10/iss8/4