Even the military can’t protect Egypt’s historical treasures

19.12.2011                      23.Kislev. 5772

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Even the military can't protect Egypt's historical treasures

The loss of historical manuscripts in a Cairo research institute, amid clashes between Egypt's military and revolutionaries, is reminiscent of the looting of Baghdad's national museum after U.S. troops entered the city in 2003.

The loss of invaluable historical manuscripts in a fire that erupted Saturday in Cairo's Institute for the Advancement of Scientific Research, amid clashes between Egypt's military and the revolutionaries seeking to depose them, is reminiscent of the looting of Baghdad's national museum after U.S. troops entered the city in 2003.
The research institute, which was founded by Napoleon in 1798, was not torched in a deliberate arson attack on government offices perpetrated by opponents of the old regime. The fire resulted from a loss of control, mixed with feelings of frustration and rage, especially against the army….