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The issue of the border fence is also expected to take on greater urgency in light of the countrywide anti-government taking place across Egypt the past six days. On Saturday, gun battles between Beduin and police in the Sinai left at least 12 people dead..
Randall Holmes RandallfrmTempe RT @aglb66: Verified: @AJArabic: 3 Israeli war cargo planes has replenished #Egypt police with illegal ammo/TearGas. #Tahrir, #Jan25 half a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Loss of Antiquities in Iraq and Afghanistan
War torn countries have learned the unfortunate lesson through loss that protecting, preserving, and recovering antiquities is extremely difficult, and some items will never be recovered if stolen or replaced if destroyed.
As early as 2003, the BBC reported estimates that thieves had taken more than 170,000 items from Baghdad's main museum, with the museum in Mosul in the north undergoing a similar fate.
Critics have asked why museums were left vulnerable despite repeated warnings about the dangers to priceless works before the conflict began.
Looting in Iraq has gone on for centuries, but since the war a new kind of looter has emerged. Sources say this is not the work of renegades with shovels. It is planned and executed by organized bands—200 to 300 per site—with heavy machinery at many of the 12,000 sites. And the payout is big. The average Iraqi makes the equivalent of $1,000 per year, yet a cache of looted antiquities can sell for $20,000. And looters can sell two or three such caches every week.
Afghanistan after decades of war have had their museums destroyed, many of which contained artifacts from the Paleolithic era, the time of AlexanderAlexander the Great, and from 7th century Buddhist civilizations. Today, most of the exhibits on display are merely photographs of what was once one of the most important collections of antiquities in Asia. NPR's Ivan Watson reports from Kabul in 2004.
I don't need to, you answered your own question.
Originally posted by FarArcher
reply to post by sonofliberty1776
Fine. Name one reason.
I disagree completely. Israel doesn't give a damn about trying to hold Sinai or the canal.
They did so in the day for spite and to provide a buffer between them and a nation that neither recognized them or gave them a minute's peace.
If the muslim brotherhood or some other radical islamic group gains power, then Israel again need that strategic buffer.
It's changed, and it's in Israel's interest that the Sinai and the canal remain in moderate Egypt's hands.