First, we destroyed the small statue. It was a woman. Then we blew up her husband. ~ Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar during a press conference March 2001
Jihad on art. And culture. And all things non-Muslim. Prior to fully destroying the Buddha statues, Muslims had already removed the face of the larger statue and riddled it with bullet holes.
The Taliban were assisted by Saudi/Pakistani engineers in the destruction of the ancient Bamiyan Buddha statues. Al Jazeera was the only outfit permitted to film the destruction. (If anyone has the original video please link to it). Almost all the videos of the demolition we found online were jihadi propaganda videos celebrating the event.