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Egypt's Pyramids Are Not for Sale
The National ^ | Mar 3, 2013

Posted on 03/04/2013 7:16:06 PM PST by nickcarraway

Egyptians are in financial distress but they are not selling their pyramids to the Qataris yet

Rumour has it that the Qataris are out to buy the pyramids from the Egyptians, columnist Abdul Rahman Al Rashed wrote in yesterday's edition of the Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq Al Awsat.

There has been another amusing rumour that the Qataris have made a bid to buy the Suez Canal. It is said that the bid was made to the deputy supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat Al Shater.

"Think of it in the context of a globalised world, it won't be that bizarre if it happens," Al Rashed observed. "Remember Harrod's, the most important department store in Europe, and one of London's historic icons? It was bought by the Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al Fayed, who owned it for a quarter of a century before selling it, three years ago, to Qatar at £1.5 billion."

What is so wrong, then, with the Egyptians selling off the Suez Canal or the pyramids to the Qataris, who have enough hard currency to resolve Egypt's critical budget deficit? Decades ago, the Egyptians sold the Brits their shares in the Suez Canal? The canal was then controlled by the French under a 99-year lease.

But that would never happen today, the columnist said. "It's far easier to imagine New York selling its Statue of Liberty or the French putting the Elysée Palace up for rent. But it is impossible that Egyptians would ever sell the Great Sphinx or any other historical monument."

These quirky anecdotes about Egypt have been dismissed as groundless rumours, but they still piqued Egyptians. The fact is that these rumours underline the gravity of the financial hardship that the Muslim Brotherhood-led government has been through since it came to power, the writer said.

"What is undeniable is that the Brotherhood government is in such financial distress that it is looking into every nook and cranny for an extra buck. It is even considering reconciliation with businessmen who are in court or in jail over corruption charges," Al Rashed wrote.

Given their history with colonisation, Egyptians are allergic to foreign ownership of their possessions.

Even under the unseated president Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian opposition took the government to task over the sale of the Omar Effendi department stores to a Saudi food company, the columnist said.

"It is hard to see how the Qataris would be able to hypothetically run the Suez Canal. It sure isn't Harrod's." The Muslim Brothers who are coming from a background of community service and grassroots action do not know much about macroeconomics.

"Now they realise that feeding 80 million people a day is not an easy task," the writer said in conclusion. And their continued efforts to monopolise power are not going to help.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: egypt; godsgravesglyphs; suezcanal; thegreatpyramid

1 posted on 03/04/2013 7:16:09 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The muslim brotherhood has said the want to destroy the pyramids, why would they sell them?

2 posted on 03/04/2013 7:20:12 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: nickcarraway

Eventually - the islamics will destroy the pyramids as being non-islamic idols. Might was well get a few dollars for them now...

3 posted on 03/04/2013 7:20:25 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: null and void; 2banana

There were rumors that they would, but I think they officially denied it.

4 posted on 03/04/2013 7:22:56 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv

They woulda gone nice with my Brooklyn Bridge.

5 posted on 03/04/2013 7:24:16 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway
Too bad.

The Great Pyramid would look magnificent placed just outside of Laughlin.

6 posted on 03/04/2013 7:24:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: a fool in paradise; nickcarraway

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks a fool in paradise for the ping, and thanks nickcarraway for the topic.

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.

7 posted on 03/04/2013 7:30:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Buy the pyramids now and have them delivered by Friday”, Amazon.Egyptcom.

8 posted on 03/04/2013 7:51:07 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: a fool in paradise

The Pyramids are out, but slaves are still OK.

9 posted on 03/04/2013 8:18:50 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nickcarraway
They might as well sell it.

Any tourist that values their life won't visit their crumbling old monument anyway. (Take THAT for the Statue of Liberty comment).

And that is all the sphinx is worth . In another hundred years, the sand will take it down...

10 posted on 03/04/2013 9:03:06 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Slings and Arrows

What would the slaves do without making pyramids?

11 posted on 03/04/2013 9:20:49 PM PST by nickcarraway
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