Raymond Ibrahim: Calls to Destroy Egypt's Great Pyramids Begin
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."
Nor is such a course of action implausible. History is laden with examples of Muslims destroying their own pre-Islamic heritage—starting with Muhammad himself, who ransacked Arabia's Ka'ba temple, transforming it into a mosque.
Asking "What is it about Islam that so often turns its adherents against their own patrimony?" Daniel Pipes provides several examples, from Medieval Muslims in India destroying their forefathers' temples, to contemporary Muslims destroying their ancestors' heritage in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, and Tunisia. Currently, in what the International Criminal Court is describing as a possible "war crime," Islamic fanatics are destroying the ancient legacy of the city of Timbuktu in Mali—all to Islam's triumphant war cry, "Allahu Akbar!"
Much of this hate for their own pre-Islamic heritage is tied to the fact that, traditionally, Muslims do not identify with this or that nation, culture, or language, but only with the Islamic nation—the Umma. Accordingly, while many Egyptians—Muslims and non-Muslims alike—see themselves first and foremost as Egyptians, Islamists have no national identity, identifying only with Islam's "culture," based on the "sunna" of the prophet and Islam's language, Arabic. This sentiment was clearly reflected when the former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Akef, recently declared "the hell with Egypt," indicating that the interests of his country are secondary to Islam's.
It is further telling that such calls are being made now—immediately after a Muslim Brotherhood member became Egypt's president. In fact, the same reports discussing the call to demolish the last of the Seven Wonders of the Word, also note that Egyptian Salafis are calling on Morsi to banish all Shias and Baha'is from Egypt.
In other words, Morsi's recent call to release the Blind Sheikh, a terrorist mastermind, from U.S. imprisonment, may be the tip of the iceberg in coming audacity. From calls to legalize Islamic sex-slave marriage to calls to institute "morality police" to calls to destroy Egypt's mountain-like monuments, under Muslim Brotherhood tutelage, the bottle has been uncorked, and the genie unleashed in Egypt.
Will all those international institutions, which make it a point to look the other way whenever human rights abuses are committed by Muslims, lest they appear "Islamophobic," at least take note now that the Great Pyramids appear to be next on Islam's hit list, or will the fact that Muslims are involved silence them once again—even as those most ancient symbols of human civilization are pummeled to the ground?
FP: Wanna bet? Islamists hate future progress and hate the past. Any wonder they are such a failure and practice the cult of death?
Hardly surprising, but worth noting, especially given the Obama Administration's embrace of Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood:
Despite pleas from Senators on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration excluded Israel from a new counterterrorism forum and neglected to mention its long and deadly struggle with terrorism during remarks presented yesterday in Spain.
Not only that, but Israel - again- was deliberately excluded from a list of nations recognized by the U.S. for counterterrorism efforts.
"When the administration promised to include Israel in the counterterrorism forum that the United States founded—after Jerusalem’s inexplicable exclusion from the initial meeting a month ago—one would think they would be true to their word,” said Josh Block, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “Clearly someone failed here. How Israel could be excluded from another meeting of an anti-terror forum that we chair is beyond comprehension, especially one that focuses on victims of terrorism.”
FP: Let me get this straight: America excludes Israel but cooperates with Islamists on anti-terrorism?
Bill Katz: INVESTIGATE, INVESTIGATE
Reader Christopher Murphy alerts us to a bit of bother involving federal "health care" spending. This deserves a very careful congressional look. From The Hill:
Federal healthcare grants might have been illegally used for political lobbying, according to the Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general.
The inspector general said grants administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) might have been used for lobbying efforts — and that the CDC might have led recipients to believe lobbying was appropriate, despite a federal ban on using grant money for political activism.
FP: This is what systemic senility is all about.
Former PM still faces sentencing for breach of trust conviction, which may include moral turpitude, as well as serious charges in Holyland affair • Gal-On: The fact that Olmert was convicted of breach of trust should force him out of politics forever.
FP: Ah, but Olmert was shrewd. He moved from the extreme right to the extreme left in the direction of the legal system. And it has clearly worked. Given that the media and other state institutions are left, don’t be surprised if he’ll get back into politics. Besides, Israel has a record of reinstating failures: Peres, Barak, even Netanyahu.
Mahmoud Sarsak, 25, staged a hunger strike for more than 90 days to press for his release, winning support from international sports organizations • Islamic Jihad leader praises the soccer player as "one of our noble members."
FP: Between Shalit deal and and hunger strike releases Israel will soon have no prisoners left.
Proposal to replace the Tal Law, which grants blanket military deferment to ultra-Orthodox men, to be presented today • Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman hints at sabotaging national budget if draft law is passed.
FP: What did I tell you?
Likud representative in governmental talks to replace Tal Law slams Plesner for personal stubbornness, says Kadima MK is pursuing course bound to erase all inroads that have been made in integration of ultra-orthodox.
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