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Egypt Secures Antiquities From Looters

From a sanguine Associated Press:

Egypt moves to secure antiquities from looters

By Maggie Hyde And Maggie Michael, Associated Press
January 29, 2011

CAIRO – Would-be looters broke into Cairo’s famed Egyptian Museum, ripping the heads off two mummies and damaging about 10 small artifacts before being caught and detained by army soldiers, Egypt’s antiquities chief said Saturday.

Zahi Hawass said the vandals did not manage to steal any of the museum’s antiquities, and that the prized collection was now safe and under military guard.

And we believe them.

With mass anti-government protests still roiling the country and unleashing chaos on the streets, fears that looters could target other ancient treasures at sites across the country prompted the military to dispatch armored personnel carriers and troops to the Pyramids of Giza, the temple city of Luxor and other key archaeological monuments.

Hawass said now that the Egyptian Museum’s collection is secure from thieves, the greatest threat to the collection inside is posed by the torched ruling party headquarters building next door.

"What scares me is that if this building is destroyed, it will fall over the museum," Hawass said as he watched fire trucks spray water on the still smoldering NDP headquarters.

The museum, which is home to the gold mask of King Tutankhamun that draws millions of tourists a year, also houses thousands of artifacts spanning the full sweep of Egypt’s rich pharaonic history.

"The significance of the collection of the Cairo museum cannot be understated," said Thomas Campbell, the director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art by telephone. "It is the great repository of Egyptian art. It is the treasure chest, the finest sculptures and treasures from literally 4,000 years of history."

"If it is damaged through looting or fire, it would be a loss to all humankind," he said.

Now maybe Egypt will stop trying to sue every museum on earth to get their artifacts back. (Just kidding.)

The museum is located near some of the most intense of the mass anti-government protests sweeping the capital, and Egyptian army commandoes secured the building and its grounds early Saturday morning.

Before the army arrived, young Egyptians — some armed with truncheons grabbed off the police — created a human chain at the museum’s front gate to prevent looters from making off with any of its priceless artifacts.

"They managed to stop them," Hawass said.

And we believe them.

He added that the would-be looters only vandalized two mummies, ripping their heads off. They also cleared out the museum gift shop.

The prized King Tutankhamun exhibit had not been damaged and was safe, he said.

An Associated Press Television News crew that was allowed into the museum saw two vandalized mummies and at least 10 small artifacts that had been taken out of their glass cases and damaged.

Fears of looters have prompted authorities elsewhere to take precautions to secure antiquities at other sites.

The military closed the pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo to tourists, and armored personnel carriers could be seen outside the famed archaeological site.

Archaeologist Kent Weeks, who is in the southern temple town of Luxor, said that rumors that attacks were planned against monuments prompted authorities to erect barriers and guard Karnak Temple while tanks were positioned around Luxor’s museum.

Where are the young Egyptians?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 29th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Egypt Secures Antiquities From Looters”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    So … why now?

    That’s the real question. What’s changed in the Muslim world we’re not seeing for this to be set in motion “now”. That it would happen at some point was a given. How and when were the criticals details. So, we’re “there”, now.

    Why now?

    • proreason says:

      Why did Iran go nuts in 1979? Why did Sadaam invade Kuwait when he did instead of a few years before? Why did Bosnia explode when it did?

      What could the pattern be? What could it be?

    • tranquil.night says:

      Why were we attacked on 9/11, and why was the response to it so maligned by dicators domestically and internationally? Hmmmmm.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Why … this date and not next week? Why this date … and not last month? Why this date … and not three months from now? Why …. “now”?

      Not who. Not what. Those are well understood. Timing is the critical element. Why …. now? (and that doesn’t mean because Big Zero is in office; that’s also a given. it means why this very moment and not another moment?)

    • proreason says:

      Because little lenin isn’t a sure thing anymore.

      They only have 2 years with his full support, and it may take that long to consolidate the gains before some wild west cowboy or cowgirl steps in and makes things more difficult.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “Why … now?”

      Unless you’re suggesting there’s correlation between certain shadowy Western political organizations and Middle Eastern ones, then I’d wager this has been a gathering storm that met several others to become a super-cell.

      Global economic downturn, a global security void in the wake of US decline, all converge on the most diplomatically fragile region in the region, where well-funded and well-organized genocidal fanatics stand to change the dynamics of peace and power.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Okay. One more time.

      No ‘demonstration’ or ‘revolt’ or ‘mass gathering’ or other crowd is spontaneous. It’s always planned, staged, organized. Who “got what they wanted”? Who cut what backroom deal? Who got moved out of the way? Who got screwed, who got stabbed in the back and who got elevated? THESE are the critical questions of timing, staging and dramatics. It might very well have to do with Obama and back channel agreements, signals or dead silence. It might have to do with secret negotiations between the Shias and Sunnis we know nothing of. It may have to do with Russian intentions to squeeze the West of vital energy supplies making their sales extremely profitable (at a time when western Europe hasn’t a sou to spare). It may even have Jesuit fingerprints all over these events as our Founding Fathers said at extraordinary length about their Era.

      Whatever the rasion d’etre, whatever the Root Cause, whatever the rising and falling of fortunes may be, we can be assured you and I will never know WHAT caused the critical decision-maker to say MAKE IT SO right now, this MINUTE …. and not next month, or last month, but NOW. It’s very much like a firing solution in a submarine … timing and distance and azimuth politically speaking. To hit the target certain events have to happen before the event itself can be seen taking shape on the horizon.

      Who pulled the trigger and why now is always the question and that’s the one we never get answered.

      Everyone is being played in this business with “sudden” uprisings in the Arab realm. If you only read the political press you’re going to get punked right along with the rest of them.

      What’s going on ain’t nothing like what the press are being used to portray.

      To wit –


      A final troubling disclosure at the conclusion of this entry may cast light on why Obama seemed fascinated with such anti-Christian symbolism in the lead-up to his election victory. A Hadith (tradition) sacred to Shiite Islam from the 17th century contains a prophecy from Ali ibn Abi-Talib, which predicts that just before the return of the Mahdi (the end-times redeemer of Islam), a “tall black man will assume the reins of government in the West.” This leader will command “the strongest army on earth” and will bear “a clear sign” from the third imam, Hussein. The prophecy concludes that: “Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us.”

      Does this Islamic prophecy identify Obama as the “promised warrior” who comes to help the savior of Shiite Muslims conquer the world? Amir Taheri asked this very question for Forbes Magazine in October, 2008, pointing out how “Obama’s first and second names—Barack Hussein—mean ‘the blessing of Hussein’ in Arabic and Persian” while his “family name, Obama, written in the Persian alphabet, reads O Ba Ma, which means ‘he is with us,’ the magic formula in Majlisi’s tradition.”[8]

      Leap forward to 2009, and Barack Hussein Obama on June 4 gave an unprecedented speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt declaring that he is launching a new era between the United States and the Muslim world. For the first time, Obama was forthright about his Muslim heritage and stated that the United States—which he is on record as saying is “no longer a Christian nation”—is now “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” Newsweek editor Evan Thomas followed the president’s speech with a declaration reflected in the opinion of many, that “Obama is standing above the country, above the world, he is a sort of God.”

  2. southernsue says:

    is the world being positioned for another world war? more and more world leaders are being pushed out for radical islam. this is evident in the mid east. the industrial nations, such as germany, england, USA,etc., are showing signs of growing muslim populations. the muslims are positioning themselves for takeover.

    we, as a nation, need to take immediate action on ridding ourselves of this group. these muslims are only here to grow and get into our politics, keith elison. we, as a nation, are seeing the same sighns that led to the egypt uprising, unemployment, our children do not know pride in their country, our health systems are being overrun by illegals and a growing number of our people are government dependents. i can go on and on, but you know, as i know, something is coming our way really soon. i pray for my country, that GOD has mercy on us.

  3. Astravogel says:

    Ya know, I’ll bet this all gets blamed on
    the Tea Party’s successes in the recent election.

    Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

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