This long article highlights the difficulties Egypt has in defending Sinai. However, more sinister is their ability to protect such international treasures as the Cairo Museum, the Pyramids, The Sphinx, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and Abu Simbel. I am glad to have visited all except Abu Simbel. It was dangerous enough then (we needed to go by armed convoy to several sites). ISIS must be defeated. They are committing genocide against “non-believers”, particularly Christians. Attacking the antiquities of Egypt and other middle Eastern sites is genocide in itself.
In a new message released Friday, July 3, a number of radical Islamist leaders, including the ISIS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, told their followers that the destruction of Egypt’s national monuments, such as the pyramids and the sphinx, was a “religious duty” that must be carried out by those who worship Islam, as “idolatry is strictly banned in the religion.”