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An Army of Davids Reports for Duty in Egypt

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 8:34 pm

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I don’t think I will follow, blow for blow, what is happening in Egypt. Let’s hope that when the dust settles, we will see freedom reign.  And this is certainly a hopeful sign.  As fires and rioting spread, it was sadly predictable that there would be a concern that their national treasure of ancient Egyptian artifacts would be endangered.  Which is why I like this story so much:


To prevent looters from getting inside, citizens form a human chain around the home of King Tut’s gold mask

The Egyptian army secured Cairo’s famed antiquities museum early Saturday, protecting treasures including the famed gold mask of King Tutankhamun from looters.

The greatest threat to the Egyptian Museum first appeared to come from the fire enguling the ruling party headquarters next door on Friday night as anti-government protests roiled the country.

Then dozens of would-be thieves started entering the grounds surrounding the museum.

Suddenly other young men — some armed with truncheons taken from the police — formed a human chain outside the main gates on Tahrir Square in an attempt to protect the collection inside.

“I’m standing here to defend and to protect our national treasure,” said one of the men, Farid Saad, a 40-year-old engineer.

Another man, 26-year-old Ahmed Ibrahim, said it was important to guard the museum because it “has 5,000 years of our history. If they steal it, we’ll never find it again.”

Good for them.  And read the whole thing, if you are so inclined.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

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