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Salafist Sect Wants To Blow Up Egyptian Pyramids, Throw Out Shiites & Bahá’í

 …published newspapers and websites Egyptian, Arab, the most important demands which calls it the Salafi movement, including “immediate application of the law of God and to stop the work of all man-made laws and to stop the labor eradication now that a new constitution is pure Islamic”, and “break off relations with Israel and the declaration of war that it took that and the Islamic Army is of the finest young Brotherhood and the Salafis prepared to sacrifice for Egypt. “

It also carried the demands “the expulsion of Baha’is and Shiites after Asttapthm and deal with as Christians is God and to commit to some Sufis instructions and away from voodoo to ward off temptatio
As well as “immediate legislation to impose the veil on girls and the establishment

Published by the Arab media and social networking sites to invite the president of the National Unity and the sheikh of the Sunnis in Bahrain, to the Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi, which included «the demolition of the pyramids and the work unless he can work companion Amr ibn al-Aas» and raising the call sensation in the comments readers of newspapers that published the news, in addition to observations and questions activists, social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.

The Salafist call in a statement that the Egyptian people of all denominations came together for the successful candidate of the revolution. But the Salafi movement named its demands that await implementation of Mercy, and of «the application of the law of God and the isolation of all who voted for Shafiq and break off relations with Israel and the expulsion of Shiites from Egypt».

And published newspapers and websites Egyptian, Arab, the most important demands which calls it the Salafi movement, including «the application of an immediate law of God and stop working all man-made laws and to stop the work elimination now that a new constitution is pure Islamic», and «cut off relations with Israel and the declaration of war that it took that and the Islamic Army is of the finest young Brotherhood and the Salafis prepared to sacrifice for Egypt ».

Blowing up the Pyramids would be the apex of symbolic terrorism. Contrast the brutal effectiveness of infrastructure disruption combined with black market operations of the likes of Hezbollah or the Narco-Cartels to these random destructive acts. The cash flow is much smaller, the operators have very little experience and are simply looking for a charismatic but unstable leader who can give them a set of beliefs and identity. Targets are picked almost at random sometimes with minimal planning. Political concessions have a poor track record of working against these types of organizations:

Terrorists, he writes, (1) attack civilians, a policy that has a lousy track record of convincing those civilians to give the terrorists what they want; (2) treat terrorism as a first resort, not a last resort, failing to embrace nonviolent alternatives like elections; (3) don’t compromise with their target country, even when those compromises are in their best interest politically; (4) have protean political platforms, which regularly, and sometimes radically, change; (5) often engage in anonymous attacks, which precludes the target countries making political concessions to them; (6) regularly attack other terrorist groups with the same political platform; and (7) resist disbanding, even when they consistently fail to achieve their political objectives or when their stated political objectives have been achieved.

Abrahms has an alternative model to explain all this: People turn to terrorism for social solidarity. He theorizes that people join terrorist organizations worldwide in order to be part of a community, much like the reason inner-city youths join gangs in the United States.

The evidence supports this. Individual terrorists often have no prior involvement with a group’s political agenda, and often join multiple terrorist groups with incompatible platforms. Individuals who join terrorist groups are frequently not oppressed in any way, and often can’t describe the political goals of their organizations. People who join terrorist groups most often have friends or relatives who are members of the group, and the great majority of terrorist are socially isolated: unmarried young men or widowed women who weren’t working prior to joining. These things are true for members of terrorist groups as diverse as the IRA and al-Qaida. Link

While they aren’t good at achieving political goals, they are very good at hollowing out their host country:

(AP) DAKAR, Senegal – Muslim extremists continued destroying the heritage of the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu on Monday, razing tombs and attacking the gate of a 600-year-old mosque, despite growing international outcry.

The International Criminal Court has described the destruction of the city’s patrimony as a possible war crime, while UNESCO’s committee on world heritage was holding a special session this week to address the pillaging of the site, one of the few cultural sites in sub-Saharan Africa that is listed by the agency.

The Islamic faction, known as Ansar Dine, or “Protectors of the Faith,” seized control of Timbuktu last week after ousting the Tuareg rebel faction that had invaded northern Mali alongside Ansar Dine’s soldiers three months ago. Over the weekend, fighters screaming “Allah Akbar” descended on the cemeteries holding the remains of Timbuktu’s Sufi saints, and systematically began destroying the six most famous tombs.

And of course no one can forget the destruction in Afghanistan, there’s no way of knowing how many remnants of previous cultures were destroyed in the war:

At the foot of cliffs in central Afghanistan, about 5,000 fragments of what were once among the world’s great artistic and religious treasures, the Buddhas of Bamiyan, sit in rudimentary shelters.

Their destruction by the Taliban in March 2001 was an act of cultural vandalism on a spectacular scale. The two tallest standing Buddhas in the world — which had stood as silent sentinels over the snow-capped valley of Bamiyan for more than 1,500 years — were reduced to mere rubble.

The looting of the National Museum garnered headlines in April 2003. But the widespread pillaging of archaeological sites — 10,548 sites are registered, with perhaps 100,000 actually buried there — bewilders and saddens scholars. They believe they are witnessing the ransacking of the cradle of civilization, a calamity “almost impossible to overstate for the destruction of history that has taken place,” says Patty Gerstenblith of DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

The Iraqi government employs about 1,200 guards to keep an eye on all its sites, according to a July 18 Iraqi Crisis Report.

A satellite image analysis, published earlier this year in the journal Antiquity by Stone, concluded that since 2003, looters have dug 6 square miles of holes in archaeological sites across Iraq. The looting “must have yielded tablets, coins, cylinder seals, statues, terra cotta, bronzes and other objects in the hundreds of thousands,” Stone reported.

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