What are the Georgia Guidestones and why did someone target the site with explosives?
A mysterious granite monument in rural Georgia has been destroyed after an explosive device reduced it to rubble in the early hours of the morning.
The popular but peculiar attraction is often referred to as “America’s Stonehenge” by locals, but has become the target of far-right conspiracy theorists in recent years, including a candidate who was in the running to become governor of Georgia.
Several law enforcement agencies are investigating the explosion, which was captured by nearby CCTV cameras.
What are Guidestones?
The Georgia Guidestones are gray stone slabs that have stood in a field in Elberton, eastern Georgia, since 1980.
Standing 5.8 meters tall, the unusual structure is made up of four large granite tablets arranged around a vertical column, with a large rectangular capstone sitting on top, and would illuminate a date carved into the granite at noon. each day.
No one knows exactly who is behind the Guidestones, but an article in Wired Magazine in 2009 reported that the monument was commissioned by a man who used the pseudonym Robert C. Christian on behalf of “a small group of Americans locals” who had been planning the monument for decades.
The slabs themselves were inscribed with a 10-part message in a dozen different languages, including Sanskrit, English, Russian, Hebrew and Spanish.
According to the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce, the message roughly translates to:
“To keep humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature; To guide reproduction wisely, to improve fitness and diversity; To unite humanity with a living new language; To govern passion, faith, tradition and all things with temperate reason; Protect peoples and nations with just laws and just courts; Let all nations rule from within, resolve external disputes in a world court; Avoid petty laws and officials useless; Balancing personal rights with social duties; Privileging truth, beauty, love… seeking harmony with infinity; Don’t be a cancer on earth — give way to nature — give way to nature. “
According to surveillance footage, a large explosion occurred at the Guidestones shortly after 4 a.m. local time on Wednesday July 6.
Footage shows the lower half of one of the granite panels shattering, sending debris flying across the field for several metres.
Shortly after, on a separate security camera, a silver sedan was seen leaving the remote location as the panel crumbled completely, leaving a cloud of dust in its wake.
Officers from the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office attended the site to find that much of the structure had been destroyed.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GIB) said no one was at the site at the time of the blast and initial investigations indicate the explosive device was set off by unknown persons.
Why was the site targeted?
The Georgia Guidestones have often been the subject of far-right conspiracy theories due to the mystery surrounding the creation of the structure and how certain messages have been interpreted.
The site has been vandalized in the past, including with the phrase “new world order” – a long-running and baseless plot that a totalitarian world government is emerging, prompting local authorities to install video cameras on site.
The structure had also drawn more attention in recent months after it became the target of Republican candidate for Georgia governor Kandiss Taylor, who pledged to destroy them as part of her conspiracy campaign.
Ms Taylor, who won just 3.4% of the vote in the primaries in May, said the destruction of the “satanic” Guidestones was proof of God’s intervention.
“He can do ANYTHING he wants to do. That includes taking down Satanic Guidestones,” she wrote on Twitter.
Ms Taylor then posted a video insisting she would never support vandalism and that ‘anyone who goes onto private or public property to destroy anything unlawfully should be arrested’.
Police have yet to identify any suspects, or comment on whether conspiracy theorists played a role in the destruction of the monument.
What will happen to the monument?
Although most of the pillars were untouched by the explosion, the popular tourist attraction is no more.
Shortly after the explosion, the Elberton Granite Association, which maintains the stones, estimated that the repair bill would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But authorities ultimately deemed the site a safety risk and toppled the remaining granite slabs shortly after finalizing their investigation of the scene.