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Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts
The Guardian, ^ | Monday 28 January 2013 12.07 EST | Luke Harding in Sévaré

Posted on 01/28/2013 5:28:24 PM PST by BenLurkin

Fleeing Islamist insurgents burnt two buildings containing priceless books as French-led troops approached

al-Qaida-allied fighters on Saturday torched two buildings that held the manuscripts, some of which dated back to the 13th century. They also burned down the town hall, the governor's office and an MP's residence, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military.

French troops and the Malian army reached the gates of Timbuktu on Saturday and secured the town's airport. But they appear to have got there too late to rescue the leather-bound manuscripts that were a unique record of sub-Saharan Africa's rich medieval history. The rebels attacked the airport on Sunday, the mayor said.

The manuscripts were held in two separate locations: an ageing library and a new South African-funded research centre, the Ahmad Babu Institute, less than a mile away. Completed in 2009 and named after a 17th-century Timbuktu scholar, the centre used state-of-the-art techniques to study and conserve the crumbling scrolls.

Both buildings were burned down, according to the mayor, who said the information came from an informer who had just left the town. Asked whether any of the manuscripts might have survived, Cissé replied: "I don't know."

The manuscripts had survived for centuries in Timbuktu, on the remote south-west fringe of the Sahara desert. They were hidden in wooden trunks, buried in boxes under the sand and in caves. When French colonial rule ended in 1960, Timbuktu residents held preserved manuscripts in 60-80 private libraries.

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TOPICS: War on Terror
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; france; frenchtroopsalqaeda; godsgravesglyphs; historicmanuscripts; islamists; library; lobaljihad; mali; obamasfault; religionofpieces; timbuktu; whatdifference; worldhistory

1 posted on 01/28/2013 5:28:38 PM PST by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 01/28/2013 5:31:57 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
The Religion of Peace, once again proving just how peaceful they are.

It's a religion of peace


3 posted on 01/28/2013 5:35:18 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s okay! They checked with Obama’s NASA first to make sure there were no records involved that would make a Muslim feel good about their achievements. No good Muslims achievements = burn baby, burn.


4 posted on 01/28/2013 5:35:35 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

A priest and a shepherd from Australia participate in a TV game. After answering all the questions, there is a tie.

So both are given one final assignment. It is to write a poem in three minutes, using the word “Timbuktu”.

The priest returns with the fruit of his inspiration:

“I was a father all my life,
I had no children, had no wife,
I read the bible through and through
on my way to Timbuktu ... “

The poem makes a great impression, and the priest smells a sweet victory. But then comes the shepherd….:

“When Tim and I to Brisbane went
We met three ladies cheap to rent.
They were three and we were two,
So I booked one and Tim booked two ...


5 posted on 01/28/2013 5:37:49 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BenLurkin
Don't bet on it....That's booty. These people are thieves and murderers.

Remember all the Iraq stuff that was supposed to have been stolen...Surprise....The curators stole it and got caught.

6 posted on 01/28/2013 5:38:04 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

Ok, here’s the deal, does anyone think these
fanatics WON’T do the same thing here, when
there are enough of them?
The library of Congress, Faneuil Hall, The Liberty bell,
all of our historic documents, all gone
torched by crazed Islamic zealots.

I sure don’t want to wait for that to happen.


7 posted on 01/28/2013 5:40:51 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: BenLurkin
In my youth, we had a calender with photographs of covered bridges in Pennsylvania, most of which are no longer extant. The calender bore the legend "The hands and brains of soulless men destroy what Time will never build again."

This message resonates strongly with me today with regard to the Islamists - their mindless destruction of any symbol or artifact of any other culture is simply beyond the bounds of civilized behavior.

Not only Western Civilization, but any culture that is other than Islamic, is being destroyed while our politicians of both parties dither, posture and triangulate.



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

8 posted on 01/28/2013 5:46:51 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
"In my youth, we had a calender with photographs of covered bridges in Pennsylvania, most of which are no longer extant."

Come visit Indiana County where I grew up. They have a four covered bridges still standing in just one county. Best viewed in the autumn or winter (JMHO):-)

9 posted on 01/28/2013 5:53:47 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BenLurkin

How predictable. Anything that preserves knowledge, anything of cultural or historical significance, these islamos want to destroy.


10 posted on 01/28/2013 5:55:48 PM PST by Moorings
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To: tet68

Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still


11 posted on 01/28/2013 6:02:24 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Joe 6-pack
My dad owned a farm near Shippensburg - one boundary was the Conodoguinet Creek, and at the corner of his property was a covered bridge which I believe still stands.





Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

12 posted on 01/28/2013 6:02:28 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
I love that area...I went to Gettysburg College just south and east of Shippensburg, and home to "...the most historic covered bridge in Pennyslvania..."
13 posted on 01/28/2013 6:08:52 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BenLurkin

Our historic and national treasures need to be protected from the Barack Hussein Obama administration.


14 posted on 01/28/2013 6:12:34 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

Yup. Mao allowed much of China’s heritage to be obliterated by the Cultural Revolution. ObaMao is envious.


15 posted on 01/28/2013 6:16:18 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Moorings
How predictable. Anything that preserves knowledge, anything of cultural or historical significance, these islamos want to destroy.

Yet another thing they have in common with Progressives.

16 posted on 01/28/2013 6:26:47 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: BenLurkin

The Muslims have pretty much burned and destroyed any remnants of civilizations they have conquered. They have an adversion to admitting that other countries and cultures are more civilized than they are.

Especially in places like Africa. Timbuktu is an ancient center of civilization in the region—before the Muslims came into North Africa, enslaved the natives, and dragged things down.

That’s why they hated Kaddafi—because after he gave up trying to be a leader of the Arab Islamists after he was dissed at the Saudi summit meeting, he decided to break those ties and ally himself with black Africans. Intolerable.


17 posted on 01/28/2013 6:38:00 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: BenLurkin

YEs, it’s too bad they haven’t made that into
a full length movie....yet.


18 posted on 01/28/2013 6:47:25 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jyotishi

The current Librarian of Congress was appointed by Reagan in 1987. The next Librarian of Congress will likely be appointed by Obama. The Librarian of Congress serves at the pleasure of the president. They are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. LOC has the draft of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson’s hand, Gettysburg Addresses, Washington’s diaries, L’enfant’s original plan for Washington, D.C., oh, and a perfect Gutenberg Bible. (perfect = no tears, stains, etc.)


19 posted on 01/28/2013 6:52:20 PM PST by KingLudd
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe if someone would torch Mecca and Medina the islamists would learn a little respect for other culture’s property.


20 posted on 01/28/2013 6:54:31 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: BenLurkin

I remember watching a TV show about the library there and thinking “Somebody should digitize those manuscripts before some fool destroys them”. Now they are gone forever.


21 posted on 01/28/2013 7:18:13 PM PST by CtBigPat (Free Republic - The grown-ups table of the internet.)
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To: oldbrowser

It’s a real shame the Crusaders didn’t have nukes.


22 posted on 01/28/2013 7:21:48 PM PST by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: BenLurkin

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks BenLurkin.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


23 posted on 02/02/2013 8:55:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Barbarian animals.

Hopefully they are as bad at burning libraries as they were at conquering Mali.

24 posted on 02/05/2013 6:16:02 PM PST by colorado tanker
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