After visiting the ransacked Malawi National Museum in al-Minya, Upper Egypt, as well as a nearby evangelical church that was torched, Pierre-André Lablaude, a UNESCO antiquities representative, expressed his “displeasure and dismay” concerning the “radical” groups responsible for such wanton destruction of historic buildings and antiquities, describing them as “enemies of civilization and heritage.”
The “radical” groups he refers to are, of course, none other than the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters who, with Morsi’s ousting, happily showed their true colors, including what they think about Egypt and its ancient heritage.
Considering that Mahdi Akef, the Brotherhood’s former supreme leader, while making clear that the organization is committed to Islamic, not national, solidarity, once said “the hell with Egypt,” their conduct as “enemies of [Egyptian] civilization and heritage” is hardly a surprise.
One wonders how UNESCO’s Lablaude would’ve described the Brotherhood’s supporters if he had seen all of the destruction wrought at their hands, including almost 100 churches, many well over a thousand years old.
RAYMOND IBRAHIM, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum. A widely published author, best known for The Al Qaeda Reader (Doubleday, 2007), he guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt’s Christian Copts. Among other media, he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, CBN, and NPR.
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