Here we go again. News outlets such as UPI are once again reporting that Muslim zealots want to destroy the Pyramids.
According to the UPI story, a Salafist leader named Murgan Salem-al Gohary is exhorting Muslim authorities in Egypt to destroy the Pyramids and the Sphinx, calling them idols – and once again referring to the crimes against history and architecture committed by Muslims in Afghanistan.
“All Muslims are charged with applying the teaching of Islam to remove such idols as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statue,” UPI quotes the the Egypt Independent (in turn quoting Egyptian television). Gohary is a jihadist who wants to kill you for not being a Muslim. He’s also linked to the Taliban.
Technocracy warned you of this danger back in July. As stated then, the Muslim world recognizes no authority, no ancient civilization, no human construct and no societal endeavor that is not of Islam (or which has not been conveniently subsumed by Islam). Once firmly in power, modern Muslims, following in the footsteps of their medieval counterparts, invariably move to destroy everything that non-Muslims (and even ancient Islamists) have worked to create. Any structure, any statue, any historical edifice that might be construed as symbolic of a religion or time other than today’s Islam is an offense to Muslims and must be eradicated.
In 2001 in Afghanistan, the Taliban famously destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, artifacts described by CNN as “among the world’s great artistic and religious treasures.” The statues were 1,500 years old … and now they are rubble, blown to pieces by an Islamist regime that considered all “pre-Islamic artifacts” to be “an assault on Islam.”
Last summer, as reported in AFP, Muslims in Northern Mali vowed to “destroy all World Heritage sites” within their reach after chipping apart a pair of tombs in Timbuktu. Quoting a “Tunisian jihadist” who was part of a “media committee” in the region, AFP reports that the Islamists believe there “is no world heritage, it doesn’t exist.” The jihadist, identified as “Ahmed,” went on to say, “The infidels must not get involved in our business. … We will destroy everything, even if the mausolea are inside the mosques, and afterwards we will destroy the mausolea in the region of Timbuktu.”
Robert Spencer’s cogent analysis for Muslim disdain of history and archaeology is now more relevant than ever. “Muslims who consider the shrines of saints to be idolatrous,” he writes, “reason from [Islamist] traditions that if the grave of Muhammad himself was not to be taken as a place of worship, neither should the graves of lesser Muslims become shrines for prayer and pilgrimage. This is akin to the Islamic disdain for the pre-Islamic cultural patrimony of Muslim lands: any manifestation of idolatry, however artistically or culturally significant, is to be regarded with disdain at best.”
If their “best” is disdain, their worst is naked destruction. This is done with explosives where possible – and painstakingly by hand, with picks and hoes, where necessary.
When this story first broke, many mocked Technocracy, claiming the whole matter was a hoax. But as this column pointed out then, the threat to the Pyramids cannot be a hoax, because the danger presented by Islam to all historical treasures is only too real.
It makes no difference who makes calls to the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy such artifacts. Whether from legitimate Muslim clerics or shamming troublemakers, the original calls to level the Sphinx and the Pyramids were heard by the Muslim world and were repeated throughout Arab media.
Muslims remain a people, a religion, participants in a sociological control schema, whose every thought, breath and deed is aggression and destruction. Islam does not mean “peace,” but submission. Where non-Muslims are concerned, this submission is involuntary. It is subjugation, conversion by force. You will obey Muslim laws. You will adhere to Muslim philosophy. You will do nothing to offend Muslim sensibilities.
Or you will be murdered and your artifacts destroyed.
That is the reality of Islam. The threat to historical artifacts is a symptom more than it is a problem. Yes, the loss of historical treasures is regrettable, but that is not the most imminent threat. Addressing the threat to the Pyramids, and to all history, is not primarily the call to prevent Egypt’s Islamists from doing as they will with these structures, no matter how contemptuous and ignorant Muslim behavior may be.
Never forget: To grossly oversimplify Quranic scholarship, Muhammad made many contradictory statements. The task before those who analyze the Quran is to determine which statements came before those that supersede them. Invariably, scriptures within the Quran preaching peace and amity, tolerance and compassion, stem from a time when Muslims lacked the power needed to murder and enslave their non-Muslim neighbors. Once possessing military might, Islamists throughout history have shown no compunction about waging unprovoked war on all who are not members of their miserable death cult.
We should not be surprised, then, when this attitude, this disregard for human life and individual liberty, is expressed as the destruction of priceless inanimate objects. Muslims care nothing for non-Muslims; they saw their heads off with glee, singing praises to Allah as they do so. Why would we then be shocked when they shatter objects of antiquity with similar abandon? We might better ask ourselves how these Islamists will spend their time when they run out of statues, tombs and buildings to smash. It’s not just possible, but likely that they’ll turn their pickaxes on us.
We must stop insisting that the danger isn’t real. How many times must Muslims reiterate their desire to destroy and to kill before we finally take them at their word? How many clues must they give us before we believe them? If we go on ignoring their threats, simple phrases like “I told you so” won’t be enough to describe the danger we’ve allowed to eat away at us – both at home and abroad.