This is so sad and in my mind, these are crimes against humanity. The antiquities and archeological sites are being looted by out of control Egyptians because there is no one to protect them. Would this not be a use for the impotent UN? Couldn’t they go in and guard this stuff while the Egyptians sort out their nation’s future and direction?
According to the now former head of antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass. “since Mubarak’s resignation, looting has increased all over the country, and our antiquities are in grave danger from criminals trying to take advantage of the current situation.”
Anyone who ever watched the Discovery or History Channels, recognizes Dr. Hawass, sporting his famous Indiana Jones fedora.
Dr. Hawass has announced that he will no longer serve as minister of antiquities due to the animosity that now exists in the so-called government of Egypt. This is a real loss for them. Dr. Hawass is a remarkable man who’s been a terrific good will ambassador for his nation while promoting Egypt’s great history to people around the globe. The impact he’s had on tourism had to have been immense. But now there are many in the current leadership who feel that his ties with the Mubarak regime are too close.
Close ties to Mubarak or not, Dr. Hawas was a true believer in his country’s historical impact on the world and a true lover of his nation’s history. His zeal for the greatness of the Egyptian civilization can’t be denied. If you haven’t figured it out, I loved watching any history show that he was featured in.
Now he has to stand down and watch his country’s greatest treasures being trashed by his fellow countrymen. This must be heartbreaking for him because it sure does hurt me to know this is happening. And if there was ever a cause that the UN was maybe capable of carrying out, it would be the protection of Egypt’s treasures.
It appears however, that the UN is too busy worrying about human rights violations in every nation that’s not Islamic to be bothered with these real life crimes against humanity in Egypt.
1700 year old Buddha in Afghanistan before the taliban
Remember when the 1700 year old statue of Buddha, in Afghanistan, was blown up by the Taliban? This was not just an attack on a religion by the taliban. It was a crime against all humanity.
After the taliban dynamited the Buddha
It was sickening last week when the Cairo museum had been broken into, but the world was assured that the damage and theft was minimal. And the Egyptian people locked arms to protect the museum until the army could get there and take up posts. It says a lot about the Egyptians that they stood against possible criminals to protect these treasures. It’s sinful, as well as criminal that anyone would do damage to the Cairo museums and landmarks.
When I heard yesterday that there was a possible fire at the museum, I was heartsick.
These people are behaving like barbarians. Even during WWII there were religious and historical sites that were protected and off limits to bombing and damage. For too many of these people, nothing and no one deserves respect.
Cairo Museum of Antiquities
The death mask of King Tut, in the Cario Museum
North Korea, currently embroiled in a knife’s edge confrontation with South Korea and the U.S., was able to smuggle 19 advanced, Russian-designed missiles, capable of delivering nuclear payloads, to Iran
, according to a Feb. 24, 2010, cable detailing a meeting between Russian officials and a State Department nonproliferation expert. The shipment of some R-27 components was widely known in intelligence circles, but the WikiLeaks disclosures represent the first confirmation that Iran now possess complete missile systems.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45644.html#ixzz16dZH6ZVk
Does this surprise anyone? Does it shock us that Iran is now capable of hitting Europe with missiles? It doesn’t surprise me. Is anyone surprised that Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as well as Israel, has been begging us to take out Iran’s nuclear capabilities?
None of this stuff is earthshaking news. I am surprised that Silvio Berlusconi is palling around with Putin and I have to wonder what the pay-off for them both might be. Members of the EU should be wondering that, too.