Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Call to Destroy The Pyramids


With the destruction of the  Bamiyan Buddhas in our recent memory, and the Muslim Brotherhood gaining ascendancy in Egypt, can anyone honesty say that they are surprised at this?

"According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt's Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi'i, those "symbols of paganism," which Egypt's Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain's "Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs" and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi, to "destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what Amr bin al-As could not.' "

Like Marxism, Islam has a strain of the Year Zero mentality. For a Leftist, everything that occurred prior to the new order must be ignored and left to rot, be it the freedom of the individual, the heroism of nation/states or people, the religious or artistic culture, or anything else to which a people could hearken back as reminders of their identity. In Islam, the history of a conquered nation must be erased so that the only thing that anyone can remember is the religion/sociopolitical system of Mohammed.

This is not the first assault on the pyramids. After the death of Saladin, his son Al-Aziz Othman embarked on the same project. The pagan monuments had to go. The pyramids were too large and built too well, so after employing  a large wrecking crew and spending eight months he eventually gave up the effort. Significant damage was done to Menkaure's pyramid, though.

As a side note, the damage to the nose of the Sphinx was documented long before Napoleon's army entered Egypt, so the old story about his troops doing that act of destruction is false.

A victim of many fires and other acts of destruction through the centuries, the final act for what was left of the Library of Alexandria is believed by many to have occurred at the time of the fall of Egypt to the armies of Islam. Left-leaning members of Academia, desirous of maintaining the picture of an Islam that fostered literature and the sciences, have buried the following quote attributed to the Caliph Omar after being asked what to do about the books in the Library;

"they will either contradict the Koran, in which case they are heresy, or they will agree with it, so they are superfluous."

At any rate, the idea in the quote is consistent with the thought of many ruling Muslims.

Aggravated though I am, I have to take the rest of the night off to see if the American League can climb past the 5-0 deficit that the National League handed to them in the first inning of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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