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.
I am endlessly amazed at how backwards we humans get things in our lives. Just let me give you two very basic examples, one of which is a crime against humanity.
I keep reading in the New York Times that Mayor Bloomberg, a billionaire health nut, is on a campaign against having too much salt in foods in New York City restaurants. His belief is that New Yorkers and visitors shorten their life spans by eating too much salt and therefore raising their blood pressure in a dangerous way. If he took control over the salt content in New York restaurants, he could save a few dozen lives per year, he believes.
But, wait a moment. I also read in the New York Times that New York City is one of the abortion capitals of the nation, with a much higher rate of abortion than most other parts of the nation. And Mayor Bloomberg is a great fan of “…a woman’s right to choose…” to abort her baby.
As I calculate it in a rough way, New York City has about 8 million persons living there, or about (very roughly) 3 per cent of the nation’s population. And New York has a much higher abortion rate than the rest of the nation. So it is possible that New Yorkers have about 50,000 abortions per year, or maybe a lot more.
That is 50,000 killings of totally innocent children every year. Does Mayor Bloomberg think that his anti-salt campaign means much compared with that number? If he wants to save lives, why doesn’t he throw his tiny weight and his huge purse behind right to life? That’s a truly life-saving act.
Isn’t there some noise out there that this idiot Bloomberg is thinking of a presidential run in ’12? He wouldn’t stand a chance so he needs to forget that idea. Lord knows that he has nothing of importance in New York to worry about so he’s down here in Arizona investigating us!
And some more good stuff I read this morning:
Daniel Halper writes in today’s Weekly Standard that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is refusing to expand his investigative committee to include neo-Nazi and other extremist organizations in America because he believes that al Qaeda presents the clearest and most dangerous threat to national security. According to King: “Pursuant to our mandate, the Committee will continue to examine the threat of Islamic radicalization, and I will not allow political correctness to obscure a real and dangerous threat to the safety and security of the citizens of the United States.”
samiam60 has a great blog including Robin of Berkeley (from American Thinker) on why so many liberals hate Sarah Palin.
Bob Mack has a touching blog from last night about the poor – no pathetic – medical care our vets are receiving.
Victor Davis Hanson at Pajamas Media writes on the consequences of the Egpytian chaos : “I think unfortunately we may go the 1940s “we can work with Mao”/1970s “no inordinate fear of communism”/2000s “jihad can mean a personal struggle” route, where liberals believe that totalitarian nationalists somehow admire the American Revolution and our lack of a colonial heritage, and, as closet moderates, wish to work with us. That translates into a backdoor courtship with the Muslim Brotherhood…”
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.
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.
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.