Updated – see below.
Beyond the regular grinds of politics and the fight to protect economic freedom and prosperity in Europe and America, we are facing a growing threat to the very legacy of Western Civilization. One ominous reminder of this threat came when Islamists in Mali vowed to destroy the Muslims mausoleums in Timbuktu – mausoleums that are a legacy of Islamic contributions to the advancement of mankind. That destruction is now progressing in full force – in other words, the Islamist savages are eradicating a historic milestone advancements of their own culture. Just like when Islamist savages eradicated Buddha statues in Afghanistan, the madmen that have taken control over Timbuktu are delivering on their destructive promise.
With this in mind, we better take seriously the radical Islamists when they now call for the destruction of the pyramids in Egypt. Front Page Magazine reports:
According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.” This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641. Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity. While most Western academics argue otherwise, according to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself—deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran—was destroyed under bin al-As’s reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar’s command.
This warped, vicious interpretation of Islam is a grave threat to Western Civilization – and to every other culture on Earth. This ideology is destructive and totalitarian by its very nature. Not only has it already shown that it wants to wipe out anything that contradicts their interpretation of the Koran, but with their Medieval rule of Afghanistan back in the ’90s they have demonstrated with chilling clarity that they have no compunctions destroying an entire country if they get the chance.
Let’s not forget that the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, now the president of Egypt, has called for war with Israel. Does anyone want to take the risk and dismiss that threat? Does anyone want to dismiss the radical Islamists who now call for the destruction of the pyramids?
Back to the Front Page Magazine story:
[As] Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sheikhs” observes, and thanks to modern technology, the pyramids can be destroyed. The only question left is whether the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt is “pious” enough—if he is willing to complete the Islamization process that started under the hands of Egypt’s first Islamic conqueror. Nor is such a course of action implausible. History is laden with examples of Muslims destroying their own pre-Islamic heritage—starting with Islam’s prophet Muhammad himself, who destroyed Arabia’s Ka‘ba temple, transforming it into a mosque. Asking “What is it about Islam that so often turns its adherents against their own patrimony?” Daniel Pipes provides several examples, from Medieval Muslims in India destroying their forefathers’ temples, to contemporary Muslims destroying their non-Islamic heritage in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, and Tunisia.
And, again, their own Islamic heritage in places like Timbuktu.
It is worth noticing that Muslim countries further west in Mediterranean Africa – Tunisia and Morocco – have not at all fallen victim to the extremism that is now governing Egypt. This is ostensibly because the north-west corner of the African continent has historically had closer ties, culturally and economically, to Europe. This influence has provided a vaccine of sorts against Medieval savagery. It is also wroth noticing that Muslims in North America for the most part integrate and live well within the cultural boundaries of an advanced, freedom-oriented society.
That said, we must also be aware of the fact that radical Islamists are making progress in Europe, and that their teachings have conquered large numbers of Muslim immigrants from Spain to Sweden. There will come a time when Europe – and to some degree America – is going to have to recognize the distinction between assimilated Muslims and Muslims that have come only or primarily to wage a war of Medieval savagery against the West.
One step toward that awareness is to take seriously a report such as this one provided by Front Page Magazine. Make to click here and read it in full. We cannot afford to take the same attitude to radical Islam as a leading European politician, Daniel Hannan, did when he, prior to the Egyptian election, dismissed the possibility that the Muslim Brotherhood would win. Such ignorance will only benefit this extremist iteration of Islam and cause further destruction of freedom, prosperity – and history.
Update: Russia Today claims that the origin of this story is a hoax. The Front Page Magazine story appears to rely on credible sources, but if at the end this is proven a hoax, I will of course report that.