Dear Friends: I wanted to thank Liberty Chick Mandy Nagy of Legal Insurrection for joining Silvio Canto, Jr. and I last night on Canto Talk. The sad situation in Egypt was one of the many topics we covered (CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE PODCAST).
The scope of the “man-caused disaster” in Egypt is tragic. Egypt Daily News has regular updates, which I am following closely. Mainly, adherents of the Muslim Brotherhood are seeking martyrdom. The good news is that the Egyptian Military seems inclined to give it to them. Perhaps we could take a few lessons from army commander General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who deems disinclined to follow the “play nice” advice from the usual suspects. Some of today’s news:
- Egypt authorizes use of live ammunition against pro-Morsi protesters
- Egypt crisis: Churches ‘under attack’
- Egypt may avoid civil war — but bloody conflict could continue for years
- Official: Egypt death toll rises to 525
- Egyptian schoolgirl, 10, gunned down as she walked home from a bible study class
As an amateur Egyptologist, I am deeply troubled by looting of the museums and plundering of the archeological sites. There is disturbing news from the Mallawi Museum:
From the Luxor Times: 1040 objects were stolen out of 1089 objects on display on Mallawi museum in Minia which was looted yesterday. Most if the rest if the big size statues were damaged as looters couldn’t transfer them. Another sad day for the Egyptian heritage.
The Mallawi Museum has a Facebook Page, listing the taken treasures (click HERE to “Like”/View page). To give you a feel for what was stolen, here are some of my favorites:
My readers may take a small amount of comfort that the international team is on top of the situation: The list of stolen artefacts will also be distributed among all Egyptian ports to prevent any smuggling attempts, the antiquities minister continued. International museums, UNESCO and the INTERPOL are planning to put these artefacts on the Red List to prevent its trading and to return the items safely to Egypt.