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Jeremy Lewer
Jeremy Lewer

It sickens me to see such wanton destruction. I hope the authorities catch everybody involved in this sensless vandalism. I was in a past life a high priest to rameses II. This upsets me greatly.

Rebecca Olesen
Rebecca Olesen

I don't know how they could just say it was 'teenagers' and they just busted it up because they couldn't carry it, when even Morsi had mentioned that he intended to either destroy the Pyramids or like 'cover them up' somehow (wax was mentioned, I have no idea what he was talking about) because they are pagan religious icons.


This already happened in Iraq a decade ago and I read an article on 'learning from Iraq' and apparently nobody learned anything.   Currently in Iraq ancient temples and ruins from thousands of years ago are being vandalized and broken down piece by piece so locals can use the stones for building new additions on their houses or to make repairs.


I wonder what kind of uproar would occur if the same thing were happening with the ancient greek and roman historical sites and ruins.  Because Nobody seems to care about what amounts to the exact same thing in Iraq and other Islamic countries.

Russ Nash
Russ Nash

There are a lot of crooks and a great many followers of a jealous god who have no respect for heritage and antiquities. I say crooks and followers, but to me they are one and the same.

Ken Albertsen
Ken Albertsen

It only takes a few bad apples. I'm sure the vast majority of Egyptians fully appreciate their great heritage.  Now, the Bamiyan Buddha statues which were willfully destroyed in Afghanistan in 2001, that's was beyond words.

Ron Prondzinski
Ron Prondzinski

This, and other similar incidents just sicken me. I once served in Intelligence on a US Army -Arts, Monuments & Archives team. In a reorganization (80's) funds were cut back. Remember when we came into Iraq, and shortly there after the Museum was looted. I felt we'd fallen short in or responsibility there. Intelligence about what is there, and what needs to be secured is essential in maintaining the culture for the future, regardless of the current situation. History will tell you that it's a classic tactic of war not only to cut off food, water and shelter, but to destroy or rape that which is enduring to the people.

ZEINEB MESSAOUDI
ZEINEB MESSAOUDI

ce sont des créatures nuisibles qui ne s'attaquent aux musées et aux intellectuels que parce qu'ils représentent ce qu'ils ne seront et n'auront jamais !

John C.
John C.

On the bright side, most of the loot will wind up in Russia, well cared for in the collections of mafia oligarchs. At least it will be safer than it was in Egypt. 

Tom Mariner
Tom Mariner

The tip of the iceberg. If these religious-inspired and sanctioned animals get control of a city or country that is not of their belief, they will obliterate it in the name of THEIR deity. Don't excuse because of ancient grave robbers -- different time, different Twitter account.

Let me hear again how the Egyptian authorities are demanding the return from Great Britain of ancient treasures like the Rosetta Stone because it is "their heritage". For years the Stone sat in a case open to be touched in London with the belief that no one in a civilized world would damage such an artifact. It would last fifteen minutes in the New Egypt because it predates the Prophet by 700 years. Maybe Egyptian authorities ought to cool it until civilization returns to their land -- one of the places that invented civilization millennia ago.

And in the meantime point to the burning of Christian churches that stood for 1600 years as clear evidence animals roam the streets unchecked!

John C.
John C.

Egypt’s Coptic Christians face unprecedented reprisals from the Muslim Brotherhood

The Evangelical Church of Malawi was ransacked, looted and burned Thursday as supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi took out their anger at Coptic Christians. (Associated Press)

Marilyn Docherty
Marilyn Docherty

Absolutely barbaric!!!

What is happening to these people??

D W
D W

What is wrong with these people? Total idiocy.

Steve Randall
Steve Randall

Looters?  This is the work of Islamic extremists and you know it.  Tell the truth.

Beryl Gulick Hanna
Beryl Gulick Hanna

What a shame.  New destroys old.  People do this over and over.  Why?

Crystal Skelly
Crystal Skelly

why would people do this, this is the saddest thing i have ever seen, i've always wanted to go and visit thee items, was about to go before the major riots and then had to wait, now, i wont ever get to, I am completely broken hearted

Rosetta Grillo
Rosetta Grillo

non è stato riportato correttamente ciò che ho scritto prima es:di avere ONU  valore (era di avere un valore e erano e sono ONU invece è un )


Rosetta Grillo
Rosetta Grillo

Quello che anno fatto i saccheggiatori nel museo è una vera vergogna ,non sanno (sono ,scusate ,dei poveri ignoranti !!!!!! )di avere un valore e una testimonianza del loro passato inestimabili .Erano e sono un patrimonio di tutta l'umanità e quindi esigono rispetto .Se tutto ciò piano piano viene distrutto ,i nostri figli non avranno niente,avranno solo qualche testimonianza su libri o filmati ,ritengo doveroso continuare a proteggere le cose meravigliose che ci sono state tramandate!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas Mc
Thomas Mc

Their actions are the real legacy of humanity, not the artifacts that were stolen. Most people aren't noble, they are just theives laying in wait for an opportunity. It makes no difference if it is a mob, a mugger, or a Wall Street fat cat preying on the Middle Class. They are all just thieves.

Eugenia López
Eugenia López

Espero que  recuperen los tesoros,  que el Museo del Cairo este resguardado y que respeten todos sus templos y edificaciones son un testimonio de la cultura invaluable,

Julia Bauer
Julia Bauer

a curse on anyone involved in this! selfish, greedy, thoughtless, bastards; all of them.


the one
the one

To begin with who looted the pyramids.. on whose permission you brought these artifacts  from the pyramids to the Museum...who gave you the authority...taking these out from the pyramids is  no different from the Taliban destroying the Buddha...shame on you the bigot modern world...You leave a Will.. just because you are dead..and the government changes the law and says "we no longer honor dead peoples Will"......how would you feel.. this is similar.. they built the pyramid to stay there.....it was their Will and the modern world did not honor it...

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R.

This is simply barbaric. Such beautiful works of art, rich with history, pillaged and ruined by the cowardice acts of vandals. Although this is in Egypt, we should all feel robbed. These ancient relics are a part of our world history. Such deeply saddening news.

Russ Nash
Russ Nash

This is why all museums need to be created bearing in mind potential problems - i.e. bombing, natural disasters, capricious national politics, wars etc. If I had my way they'd all be in fallout shelters. There's no point in digging things up to be destroyed or abused before we have fully understood them - or to deprive future generations of them. It is an enormous responsibility and should be fully treated as such.

Let's also not forget that in some parts of the world, current religions despise the old ones and have despoiled some sites of world importance.

I hope our possession of the Elgin Marbles (more correctly the Parthenon Marbles) will prove to be for the greater good. So far, quite possibly..

Tony Peak
Tony Peak

What a tragedy. I hope at least some of the items are returned...but I'm not getting my hopes up. The destruction of knowledge and culture is beyond criminal. The theft of it, even more so.

reva madison
reva madison

These are the very people who claim to be religious followers.  They refuse an education to their women.  Believe what their mullahs tell them to believe.  And are so backward, they have no place in the world of civilized beings.  Sadly, we have them all over the world, but the Near East and North Africa seems to have more than their fair share. 

Joyce Schwartz
Joyce Schwartz

that was just a disgrace what they did to their national treasures.  now future generations won't have a chance to enjoy the fine things from the past too.

s t
s t

How do we as humans bring into this world, worthless idiots with no common sense or decency and no respect for anything.

s t
s t

This just breaks my heart to see what brainless people do.  How do we as humans bring into this world, worthless idiots with no common sense or decency and no respect for anything.

Myron Pulier
Myron Pulier

This and earlier looting in Iraq convincingly refutes arguments for repatriating such objects from safer countries and indeed allowing them to be held where governments cannot or will not protect them securely over the long term. The only claim Egypt has to these artifacts is territorial. Politically, religiously, culturally, and even genetically present day Egypt has little in common with ancient Egyptian civilization. Surely the interests of the overwhelming majority of people in the world trumps the "national pride" of Egypt or any country.

Asmaa AbouZeid
Asmaa AbouZeid

@Crystal Skelly don't be sad. actually it's know locally that the Egyptian relics are so much that if you dig a little u'll find something interesting & valuable, & Still remains the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, & the ever standing Pyramids, Sphinx & Luxor & Aswan numerous temples.. I believe this country is never destined to die   :)

brian d.
brian d.

@Crystal Skelly The sadest thing you have ever seen? Did you not see the media coverage of Syria last week ?

David Furman
David Furman

@the one raises an excellent point.  Scientists and historians/archaeologist routinely dig up the dead (most commonly from cultures other than their own), all in the so-called "interest of science/history".   Perhaps their activities "safeguard" the artifacts/remains, perhaps they only desecrate someone's last resting place.   Is the fact that the desecration occurred to increase the prestige of some academic researcher any better than when it is done by some poor local person attempting to feed his family?  The answer to this question is like the answer to the old comment about one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. It all depends upon your perspective. 

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