Sphinx Jinxed? Islamists – A Menace to ‘The Glory That Was Egypt?’

I was just about to post this when I spotted a highly relevant article in Frontpage Magazine, by Robert Ibrahim. Seems that top Islamist clerics in the Middle East have actually taken up the call for Egypt’s heritage to be despoiled, as I all unknowingly suggested might happen.

I’ll provide the link at the end of this post.


Al-Qaeda linked Islamists destroy Timbuktu shrines

AFP  30/6

  • An Islamic center and mosque in Timbuktu. Islamists from a hardline group occupying lawless northern Mali have destroyed a 15th century shrine to a Muslim saint in the fabled city of Timbuktu, witnesses told AFP. (AFP Photo/Habib Kouyate)

Al-Qaeda linked Islamists in northern Mali went on the rampage in Timbuktu Saturday, destroying ancient tombs of Muslim saints just after UNESCO listed the fabled city as an endangered world heritage site...“They have raped Timbuktu today. It is a crime,” said a source close to a local imam in Timbuktu, known as the “City of 333 Saints”.

As a sometime amateur archaeologist, my heart goes out to the people of any creed who see their heritage thus ravaged. But it’s a fact of life that if such Islamists get into the driving seat, they behave like the rabid wreckers they are.


King Tut – At Risk?


My headlime today is not really meant to be taken seriously, not yet, at any rate, but the Glory That Was Egypt is unequivocally pagan, so those Salafists breathing down the new Muslim Brotherhood President’s neck must harbour malevolent intent towards such wonders as the Sphinx, the Pyramids, Tut-Ankh-Amen’s Tomb and all the other magnificent aspects of Egypt’s heritage that draw thousands there every year.

  • I  have visited Egypt and admired all those superb antiquities, I hope and pray the Egyptian people would rise up to stop any such monstrous plan.


Bamyan, Afghanistan


It’s a global threat, though.

The worst example ever, or at least the most infamous, was the destruction of those giant statues in Afghanistan.

But we have had the same manic hatred on display here in Indonesia.

Semar, the legendary guardian of Java, and all the figures portrayed in the Ramayana, that Indian epic which was enthusiastically adopted centuries ago by the peoples of this archipelago, are loathed by the savages of the FUI here.

Here’s an extract from our post on 18/9/2011


Pos Kota today reports that an Islamist rabble in Purwakarta, Central Java, attacked and ‘destroyed three statues of Semar, Krishna and Bhima.’ These are three mythological characters prominent in Javanese culture, often starring in the popular wayang puppet shows. The ignorant scumbags ran amok as usual, the excuse being ‘to remove people from the threat of idolatry!’

Pos Kota said that ‘tensions had blanketed the Purwakarta Regency’ as hundreds of bigots followed  motorbike and car convoys around the city.

‘Not unexpectedly, the mob rampaged and pulled down the statues at three locations, including a main roundabout, where Semar stood….


As is often regrettably the case, the journos were on the ball, but not the police, who didn’t manage to save those statues, but at least ‘thwarted the plan to destroy that of Arjuna,’ another Javanese hero.



It is beyond reason. Nobody worships them anymore, but they are loved and held in high esteem in much the same way as King Arthur and his Knights are revered in English folklore. That alone makes them the targets of islamist hate-campaigns.

What bothers me as much or more is what might befall Borobudur and Prambanan, the two huge temple complexes near Jogjakarta.

Borobudur (above) and

Prambanan (below)

  • The former was erected by Buddhists, the latter by Hindus, in the eras when those creeds held sway.

Suppose the pig-ignorant islamists actually came to hold full power in Indonesia?

==========Ansar Dine, one of the armed Islamist groups which has seized control in northern Mali, has said no site would be safe in Timbuktu. “Ansar Dine will today destroy every mausoleum in the city. All of them, without exception,” spokesman Sanda Ould Boumama told AFP through an interpreter from the city.

The Ansar Dine spokesman suggested Saturday’s action was in retaliation for the UNESCO decision on Thursday to put the World Heritage site, a cradle of Islamic learning founded in the fifth century, on its endangered list.  “God is unique. All of this is haram (or forbidden in Islam). We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what?” he said, declaring that Ansar Dine — which wants to impose sharia law in the region — was acting “in the name of God.”

…..besides its monuments, the city houses nearly 100,000 ancient manuscripts, some dating back to the 12th century, preserved in family homes and private libraries under the care of religious scholars..

These swine are no different from the Taliban, or the barbarians in Purwakarta. They are like a plague of locusts. And how do we deal with the latter phenomenon?

Oh, yes, I forgot, Obama is seeking a deal with the Taliban. Perhaps he’ll also try to negotiate with the next plague of locusts that appears.

PS Here’s the link I promised, to Ibrahim’s article on Egypt!