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'Destroy the idols,' Egyptian jihadist calls for removal of Sphinx, Pyramids
An Egyptian jihad leader, with self-professed links to the Taliban, called for the "destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt," drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues, local media reported this week.
Brilliant. As Instapundit, channeling our periwinkle moderator, notes, "You import half your calories. Your biggest source of foreign exchange is tourism. So what do you do?"
Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such "idols."

"All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues," he said on Saturday during a television interview on an Egyptian private channel, widely watched by Egyptian and Arab audiences.

"God ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols," he added. "When I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do."
So he's the one! We can hang him for that too...
But in retaliation to Gohary's remarks, the vice president of Tunisia's Ennahda party, Sheikh Abdel Fattah Moro, called the live program and told Gohary that famous historic military commander Amr ibn al-Aas did not destroy statues when he conquered Egypt.
Only because they didn't have dynamite in those days...
"So who are you to do it?" he wondered. "The Prophet destroyed the idols because people worshiped them, but the Sphinx and the Pyramids are not worshiped."

Gohary, 50, is well-known in Egypt for his advocacy of violence, Egypt Independent reported.
So he's especially pious...
"He was sentenced twice, one of the two sentences being life imprisonment.
Worked well...
He subsequently fled Egypt to Afghanistan, where he was badly injured in the American invasion. In 2007, he traveled from Pakistan to Syria, which then handed him over to Egypt. After Mubarak's fall in early 2011, he was released from prison by a judicial ruling," the newspaper added.
Next time just shoot him...
In recent months, fears have surfaced that the ultra-conservative Salafi political powers may soon wish to debate new guidelines over Egyptian antiquities.

Islamists have swept the recent presidential and parliamentary elections in the country's post-revolutionary stage, with the Muslim Brotherhood and the ultra-conservative Salafi Islamists rising to political power.

"The fundamental Salafis have demanded to cover Pharaonic statues, because they regard them to be idols," Egyptian author on ancient history Ahmed Osman told Al Arabiya English, explaining that Salafi Muslims follow conservative religious principles which view statues and sculptures as prohibited in Islam.

"But so far the government has done nothing to indicate what is the future of Egyptian antiquities," adds Osman.
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#10  Let's hear it for that Arab Spring!
Posted by: DarthVader   2012-11-12 22:35  

#9  Buried with a Donkey? Guess he was honest.
Posted by: Charles   2012-11-12 20:15  

#8  Buried with a donkey
He's my favorite honky
Posted by: tu3031   2012-11-12 19:34  

#7  I think they should take out the godless Soviet built Aswan Dam first. That idol is a total assault by communism on Mo's holy deserts!
Posted by: Water Modem   2012-11-12 17:25  

#6  We could take some of that foreign aid money and nuke 'em ourselves. It's just the kind of helpful people we are.
Posted by: SteveS   2012-11-12 16:59  

#5  After they get rid of triangular shaped buildings, they will start on rectangular ones.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418   2012-11-12 16:24  

#4  Only the purist in Islam would be able to cover it in wax. Anything less would give paradise mo a kidney stone and bring great shame and skinny goats upon their family.
Posted by: swksvolFF   2012-11-12 16:17  

#3  They will probably get a nuke from Iran and put it down in the lower chamber of each pyramid, then kaboom. Collateral damage, rough on Cairo, but the deed will be done.

Winds are now 340 at 5 mph. Should dust the Nile. What a bunch of idgits.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2012-11-12 15:42  

#2  Don't worry - I'm sure the White House will have a plan to involve special forces in rescuing those cultural treasures.
Posted by: Pappy   2012-11-12 15:30  

#1  Hope the curators of the National Gallery in London have an escape plan for the day.
Posted by: rjschwarz   2012-11-12 15:17