The Egypt Museum in Danger

As Matthew Shaffer notes, the NDP (Mubarak’s party) headquarters in Cairo was torched earlier today. No one is moving to put out this fire. The nearby luxury Hotel Conrad is now also burning.  Professor Tadros is concerned that an immediate neighbor of the NDP, also on Tahrir square, overlooking the Nile, is the world renowned Egypt Museum — the treasure house of Egyptian antiquities dating back thousands of years. This museum houses the Tutankhamon treasures, mummies, irreplaceable artifacts, priceless jewels and statuary, and a library. The burning or looting of this museum would represent an incalculable loss to humanity.

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