Who is trying to vandalize the Cairo Museum?
Amid rampant violence as hoards of protestors set the building of the ruling National Democratic Party on fire, others broke into the adjacent Egyptian Museum and destroyed two mummies on display, along with ransacking the ticket office.
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I doubt Egyptians did this. Egyptians revere their ancient history. There is no reason to merely destroy mummies. Not for Egyptians. But there are other players, of course, with obvious motives to destroy Egypt's antiquities. One is Mubarak himself, who is looking for any way to demonize the revolutionaries, and there are reports that some of the looting is being done by Mubarak's thugs, but there is a larger player in the region with a well-documented hatred towards other nations' history.

Israel routinely exploits archaeology for political purposes, to justify its "ownership" of the holy lands. It hypes its own antiquities (always meager, often frauds), while destroying artifacts from history viewed as a political threat.

Egypt is literally littered with the ruins of the ancient temples and palaces of her rulers. As much as has been found, it is estimated that only 1/3 of Egypt's archeological wonders have been uncovered. A newly discovered temple was uncovered while digging a sewer line, and a cache of finely preserved mummies was literally stumbled over by a cow in a pasture.

All of this wealth of archaeological treasures must of course annoy Israel. We are raised from birth with Old Testament tales of the greatness of the ancient Israelites, of the powerful kingdoms of Solomon and David and the first temple. Yet Israel, while rich in antiquities, is almost totally devoid of artifacts from this supposedly glorious time in her history. The existence of the fabled First Temple was supported with just two artifacts, a carved staff ornament in the shape of a pomegranate and the Jehoash tablet. Both of these artifacts have been exposed as frauds. We are told that once there was a magnificent temple on that hill, but it "all went away." The wonders emerging from the soil of Egypt, Iraq, and Iran serve as a constant reminder that ancient buildings of such a scale as we are told the First Temple was simply do not vanish without a trace.

There is considerable reason to suspect that the tales told in the Old Testament are just that; tales. The Bible is not science, it is the collected stories of a primitive tribal people telling each other how important they are. And like fishermen talking about the one that got away, or Ramses with his temple carvings of the did-not-really-happen victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, the writers of the ancient testaments assumed that the people they were telling stories to had no way to verify the claims for themselves. So "embellishment" (lying) was a low-risk activity.

We do know from the available archaeological evidence that the Exodus probably actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Hebrews. We know that the story of Moses is suspect because no Egyptian princess would hide a Hebrew child inside Pharaoh's household, then give the kid a Hebrew name ("Moses" is actually an Egyptian title meaning "Prince" and is included in the names of many Pharaoh's names such as Tut-Moses, Ah-Moses, Ra-Moses (Ramses) etc.) Likewise, the story of Masada may be less than accurate. The remains found on the mountain were buried with pig bones, something no proper Jewish funeral would tolerate, which suggests that the bodies found and venerated as heroes of ancient Judea were actually those of dead Romans, who would be buried with animal sacrifices.

But a good story is a good story and the writers of the ancient texts were probably not thinking much further into the future than the guys who pen the "Celebrity dates space alien" stories you see at supermarket checkout lines. The fact that the celebrity is a real person does not prove the space alien exists. It's just a story. Given enough time, even a simple story written in jest can take on a life of its own. Scientology began as a bet between two science fiction writers; look what a headache that has become in just a short time.

Over time, entire religions with attendant wealth and power structures have been built on the premise that these old testament stories really happened exactly as written. And today, here in the 21st century world, science has started to catch up with these ancient legends and call many of them into doubt.

So, for a nation that justifies its existence on the writings of the Torah, the plethora of sites and artifacts confirming the ancient histories of Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. etc. etc. must seem a dire political threat for a nation whose own professed ancient history seems to have left virtually no trace at all.

In that context, the intentional targeting of Palestinian antiquities and the theft of their cultural treasures during CAST LEAD makes perfect sense, if the supporters of a very insecure nation decide that "leveling" the archaeological playing field is preferable to allowing the obvious disparity in artifacts to remain visible to the world.

In an attempt to attach ancient Israel to present day Jerusalem, Israeli authorities continue the attachment of spurious labels to Holy Basin landmarks, while claiming the falsification is due to the Byzantines, who got it all wrong.

King Davidís Towerís earliest remains were constructed several hundred years after the Bible dates Davidís reign. It is a now an obvious Islamic minaret.

King Davidís Citadel earliest remains are from the Hasmonean period (200 B.C.). The Citadel was entirely rebuilt by the Ottomans between 1537 and 1541.

King Davidís tomb, located in the Dormition Abbey, is a cloth-covered cenotaph (no remains) that honors King David. Itís only an unverified guess that the casket is related to David.

The Pools of Solomon, located in a village near Bethlehem, are considered to be part of a Roman construction during the reign of Herod the Great. The pools supplied water to an aqueduct that carried the water to Bethlehem and to Jerusalem.

The Stables of Solomon, under the Temple Mount, are assumed to be a construction of vaults that King Herod built in order to extend the Temple Mount platform.

Absalomís Tomb is an obvious Greek sculptured edifice and therefore cannot be the tomb of Davidís son.

The City of David contains artifacts that date before and during Davidís time. However, some archaeologists maintain there is an insufficient number of artifacts to conclude any Israelite presence, including that of King David, before the late ninth century. IAny Israelite presence must have been in a small and unfortified settlement to leave so few remains.

The Jerusalem Archaeological Park within the Old City, together with the Davidson Exhibition and Virtual Reconstruction Center also tell the story. Promising to reveal much of a Hebrew civilization, the museums shed little light on its subject. The Davidson Center highlights a coin exhibition, Jerusalem bowls and stone vessels. The Archeological Park in the Old City contains among many artifacts, Herodian structures, ritual baths, a floor of an Umayyad palace, a Roman road, Ottoman gates, and the facade of what is termed Robinsonís arch, an assumed Herodian entryway to the Temple Mount. The exhibitions donít reveal many, if any, ancient Hebrew structures or institutions of special significance.

Reliable archaeologists, after examining excavations that contain pottery shards and buildings, concluded that archaeological finds don't substantiate the biblical history of Jerusalem and its importance during the eras of a united Jewish kingdom under David and Solomon.

Margaret Steiner in an article titled It's Not There: Archaeology Proves a Negative in the Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August, 1998, states:

"...from the tenth century B.C.E. there is no archaeological evidence that many people actually lived in Jerusalem, only that it was some kind of public administrative center...We are left with nothing that indicates a city was here during their supposed reigns (of David and Solomon)...It seems unlikely, however, that this Jerusalem was the capital of a large state, the United monarchy, as described in Biblical texts."

So, while it is doubtful that Egyptians would desecrate mummies simply to destroy them, Israel's agents in Egypt certainly would have a strong motive to damage the museum as much as possible, not only to reduce the obvious disparity between the plethora of ancient artifacts in Egypt and the paucity of same in Israel, but also because the Cairo Museum is home base to Dr. Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the archaeologist who demonstrated that the Exodus happened to the Hyksos, not the Hebrews. So the vandalism of the museum might just be a little bit of revenge.

Edmund Ruffin (one of my favorite commentators on the Internet) comments:
Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Ruffin
It is also possible that the vandalism was simply a cover for theft of other invaluable antiqities. The Jews have always appropriated for themselves the valuable art and antiques of their victim nations. When their puppet, GW Bush's troops occupied Baghdad, the very first thing that transpired was a thorough looting of Iraq's National Museum, housing artifacts from as far back as the time of Hammurabi.

In Weimar Germany, they owned virtually all the most valuable art and antiquities, just as they do today in America. The modus operandus for our rulers is that when their stooges defeat and occupy a country the first thing is to loot the treasures, and the second is to put MTV on their television stations. Just like they did in Iraq.
Who is trying to vandalize the Cairo Museum?