Skip to comments.Why Dr Hawass Resigned [ Egyptian Minister For Antiquities !!! ]
Posted on 07/17/2011 7:03:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
"I am leaving because of a variety of important reasons. The first reason is that, during the Revolution of January 25th, the Egyptian Army protected our heritage sites and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. However, in the last 10 days the army has left these posts because it has other tasks to do. The group now in charge of the protection of these sites is the Tourist Police, but there are no Tourist Police to do this either. Therefore, what happens? Egyptian criminals, thieves (you know, in every revolution bad people always appearâ¦), have begun to destroy tombs. They damaged the tomb of Hetep-ka at Saqqara, the tomb of Petah-Shepses at Abu Sir and the tomb of a person called Em-pi at Giza. They attacked a storage magazine at Saqqara and we do not yet know how many artifacts are missing; they opened two storage magazines at Giza; one tomb dated to the 19th Dynasty, the only one in the Delta in fact, was damaged at IsmaÃ¯lia; and a store at El-Qantara East has been broken into and looted for antiquities... The second reason is that there are two crooks in the Antiquities Department, who have accused me of stealing antiquities and doing other illegal things all of the time. Their files talk about this. A third person started saying similar things, a university professor who was the Antiquities Director for almost 6 years before me, who never accomplished anything in that time. As a corrupt man, he even gave his signed permission to a rich lady from another Arabic country to take manuscripts out of Egypt! These three people encouraged young Egyptians to protest against me personally, to shout outside my office that they needed jobs.
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How awful. Hawass is a good man who loves his country and its history.
Ever wonder how the Sphinx lost its nose? Muslims.
Now other Egyptian antiquities are being damaged by the Muslim revolutionaries.
But don't worry -- Obama assured me that these people are secular types who just want democracy.
The Islamists will destroy 4000 years of history in a generation.
Hawass was as crooked as the rest of them. If you (a university) wanted to conduct a dig, you had better spend half your budget on taking him out for a good time, or you are screwed. He was a backward man in a backward culture in a backward country. When I think of all the things that were returned to egypt, uh! They’ll all be destroyed by the muzzies now.
Typical conduct when the animals take over. Humane values stomped out by the islamic filth.
Good riddance. The man was a troll. I had the unfortunate opportunity to meet him twice.
These are the dreams of our leader for the US. Destroy our heritage and history and form a new socialistic era.
And so ends the Egyptian tourism industry.
86% come from Europe, totalling $4.1 - 11 billion annually receipts from tourism. Now kiss it goodbye; from a country that had less than 1% GDP growth last year.
In a country of 81+ million. Powder keg.
Remember your wonderful Egyptian vacation. Read this and weep.
I always heard the Nazis shot the nose off that critter. Well, Nazis, Islamonutballs, same thing.
On their current course, 2 years best case scenario. UAE recently tried to prop them up with $3 billion, and it did have short term positive effects. But they are losing 1 billion per month of their currency reserves (24 billion): and that was before this report on their antiquities being raided.
With less than 5% arable land.....they won't make it. The tourism industry was always keeping them afloat. Their economy isn't designed to withstand this. They basically have nothing to offer but sand.
Don’t really care about Dr Hawass, but it’s sad to read about the looting. I hope someone steps in to protect these sites.
There is also a common belief that Napoleon’s soldiers did the deed — but sketches from the 1730’s show the nose missing by then, so we can’t blame the French. The consensus seems to be a particular iconoclastic Muslim who was furious that the locals were treating the sphinx as an idol, so he disfigured it.
My best guess is that Hawass now has enough stuff stashed to sell on the black market to live very comfortably for a very long time. Anyone who thinks these dudes are angels is just plain dumb.
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