but to expect that they can do much in real-time in regards to IS terrorism, Saudi airstrikes, or a civil war in Syria is not something that UNESCO is or ever will be capable of.
Of course not - so why don't they say so instead of passing worthy resolutions which make it appear that they are achieving something and give them a warm feeling! Of course they never will because of the Politics, which comes back to the point made in the program (and by various people on it - including some from US), that we can expect nothing much to change in respect of cultural destruction for a fair number of years - Europe's 30 Years war was cited as a comparison. The program also noted that IS are holding the destruction of Palmyra in reserve as a form of blackmail.
With deference to Meltwaterfalls, I found the "talking heads" of more significance in the program than the contribution of Dan Crucikshank -
On the one hand Ms Bukova - clearly totally impotent - and on the other Mr Choudary expressing opinions about the upcoming destruction of e.g Egyptian sites which are widely held by people with money, power and opportunity and for which there seem no obvious available preventative measures. Especially when currently all we get is "weasel words" from our politicians about this not being about Islam.
I suppose at the moment we can thank goodness for Turkey and Iran who seem at least to be "holding the line" when it comes to holding cultural artifacts in some esteem. As for Egypt - well the treasure trove of that country does seem vulnerable with its army as the main guarantor. many other countries seem to be lost causes and in one phrase I remember from the program "There is no undo button on this!"
And it is not just the major sites which are being destroyed - Tunisia has been in the news recently unfortunately - in one report a Tunisian pointed out the low level destruction of some 40 tombs of "saints" in that country in recent months - what price for the future safety of its WHS?