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(Ynet News) Guy Bechor - L'Institut d'Egypte, the famous scientific institute in the center of Cairo established by Napoleon, housed some 200,000 original and rare books, exhibits, maps, archeological findings and studies from Egypt and the entire Middle East, based on the work of generations of Western researchers. Last Saturday, violent groups of Islamic Salafi radicals burned the institute. Most of the artifacts were lost forever. Torching it was a symbolic, intentional act. Anything that dates back to the Pharaohs, that is ancient, or that is Western is destined to be destroyed. All of this is happening while the confused West is lauding the new democracy established in Egypt, without understanding that this democracy is erasing the historic Egypt that was intimately connected to the West.

2011-12-23 00:00:00

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