By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton - the NoisyRoom
The Great Hall of the ancient Library of Alexandria in Egypt. A reconstruction based on scholarly evidence. Taken from COSMOS by Carl Sagan.
As echoes of: ‘This is what Democracy looks like! reverberate across the Middle East, Egypt has fallen to the Muslim Brotherhood as a direct result of the Arab Spring. Now, the Royal Library of Alexandria in Egypt, one of the greatest libraries of the ancient world, is the target of The Muslim Brotherhood who want to burn it to the ground and build a mosque on its literary ashes.
The Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, was the largest and most significant great library of the ancient world. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BC. The library was conceived and opened either during the reign of Ptolemy I Soter (323–283 BC) or during the reign of his son Ptolemy II (283–246 BC).
Plutarch (AD 46–120) wrote that during his visit to Alexandria in 48 BC, Julius Caesar “accidentally” burned the library down when he set fire to his own ships to frustrate Achillas’ attempt to limit his ability to communicate by sea. After its destruction, scholars used a “daughter library” in a temple known as the Serapeum, located in another part of the city.
Intended both as a commemoration and an emulation of the original, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina was inaugurated in 2002 near the site of the old library.
In 2004, a Polish-Egyptian excavation team announced that they had discovered the remains of the Library of Alexandria.
Radical Islamists call the library a den of depravity because of its arts programs in music and dance. They want to destroy this historic monument to knowledge and intellect and rejoice while it burns baby, burns to the ground. The current dictators in Egypt are either supportive of, or willfully negligent of, The Brotherhood who could well shift into becoming the controlling power through parliament there in Egypt in the next election.
And this is just the beginning of a new dark age that could spread across the planet and will certainly consume Egypt and other Islamic nations if it is not stopped and soon. The rise of the Caliphate is now a very real possibility and before some liberal envisions Arabian Nights or some other such nonsense, remember, this is a militant coalition of Islamists. They are warriors and conquerors and in their wake of conquest and rule, they will leave blood and death as their calling card. Liberals, you are at the top of the ‘death’ list for these guys.
The government in Egypt has already curtailed free speech at the library. The destruction of the library will most assuredly mark the beginning (if not the ongoing escalation) of Egypt’s fall into the hands of the Islamists. The elections will take place on Nov. 28th and the prognosis currently is not good for avoiding a capitulation to The Muslim Brotherhood.
It is reported by the Arabic media that Alexandria is already under the full control of the Islamists. Alexandria is home to over four million people and is the second largest city in Egypt. The city has already radically changed. Women now don’t just wear the hijab (headscarf), they now wear the niqab (the full head covering that covers a woman’s face). Men are replete with full beards as Islamic tradition calls for.
From Hudson New York:
According to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, “The Brotherhood have spent the last few months mobilizing their half-million plus members for intense electoral campaigns up and down the Nile river, which the group hopes will deliver it 40% of the seats in Parliament.”
The paper pointed out that the Islamists have been “wooing voters not only with their trademark slogan of “Islam is the solution,” but also with the tangibles of meat and vegetables that they sell to poor Egyptians at half the market prices.”
The paper also found that in the months since the fall of Mubarak, “Brotherhood-friendly preachers have made their way back into some strategic mosques, using the podiums to recruit new converts and give confidence to hard-core supporters.”
And what is being preached in those mosques? Well, hate for the Great Satan (the US) and the Little Satan (Israel), of course… Their hate knows no end except slaughter and death. They feel they have to defend Islam against Jews, Christian crusaders and Western colonialism. And by defend, they mean wipe their enemies off the face of the planet just in case I wasn’t clear on that point. We are their number one enemy, with Israel a close second. They would welcome a full blown version of Armageddon with open arms… after all Americans love Pepsi, but they love death as Islamists have been known to quip.
The liberals are promoting the Arab Spring here in America. How long until they burn our libraries, I wonder? After all, Michelle Obama said we would have to rewrite our history and this is one of the ways it is done.
MICHELLE OBAMA: “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”
Dictators, mass murderers, radical Islamists – monsters from our past, recent and ancient, love to extend their power and control by burning books and libraries. They are symbols of freedom and intellect and aren’t tolerated by those who would be masters over others. They are seen as a danger. It is also a way to rewrite history in the image of the conqueror. Book burning… It’s all the rage in the Middle East and they’ve done it many times before.
**Here in the U.S. Glenn Beck is building a preservation library of radical books and materials and David Barton has an extensive library of history (primarily U.S. history) and religious books and information. Let’s hope others are doing that as well. If you have old books please preserve them or send them to either Beck or Barton. This made me think of the movie… The Book of Eli (Blu-Ray). If you see people getting rid of books or hear of libraries closing, please consider acquiring them and then getting them to people like Beck, Barton or even starting a book preservation center locally in your area. Also, when you buy books (new and old) buy actual books, hard backs are the best, but not electronic versions that could be wiped out or altered easily if things go wrong. Preservation of history, whether of your family, nations, religions, or whole eras depends on preserving physical and tangible books, documents, art and photos as well as passing down stories to the next generation verbally and in written form (letters, journals, diaries and self-published materials) . M~**