By Bernie on 04 Feb 2011
The museum houses treasures
from the tomb of Tutankhamun
Photo Credit: Emirates24|7
Looters broke into the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo last Friday under cover of anti-government protests and destroyed two Pharaonic mummies.
The museum, which houses the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, was being protected by Egyptian citizens and tourism police, but some of the looters managed to enter and destroyed two of the mummies.
By Saturday a human chain of volunteers surrounded the Museum to thwart any further theft or damage but sadly a statue from the tomb of Tutankhamun, representing the king riding on a panther, was thrown to the ground and broke in two.
Now I wish to point out three things:
- It is unlikely that Muslims were among those protecting the museum since Muslims view ancient Egyptian artifacts as pagan and idolatrous.
- I will bet lunch that the looters were Egyptian Muslims as opposed to Egyptian Christians. See item 1 above.
- Readers of my blog are already aware that the antiquities of Egypt are at risk of being utterly destroyed by Muslims; see my article 13 Things Egyptian your grandchildren will never see.