9/8/13

The significant infiltration of jihadist terrorists into the Sinai Peninsula is well documented now. It is clearly one of the most dangerous developments for both Egypt and Israel.

Given the Sinai desert landscape and very sparse population, as in nearly no one, I am fairly convinced that a strong effort and cooperation between the two countries’ military can eradicate this problem soon.

What I am very afraid of is that one of these crazy groups will take it upon themselves to burn the monastery atop of Mount Sinai. While there’s no historic proof, it is considered the location of Moses’ encounter with God where he was given the Ten Commandments. I believe that this is scared for Islam too. BUT I am concerned that these crazy jihadists may feel that the Christian monastery in this location, with its priceless and irreplaceable library of old Christian and biblical manuscripts, is blasphemous. It is believed that the monastery library preserves the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts in the world, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library. It contains Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Hebrew, Georgian, and Aramaic texts.

If they attack the monastery and burn the library, it would be a much greater disaster for world heritage than destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiwam in Afghanistan by the crazy Taliban. In terms of historical disaster, it will rank equal to loss of the Alexandria library.

Ignoring this possibility will be foolhardy and negligent by the Egyptian authorities but mostly so by the Christian Church and world.

It is time for the Vatican to stop interfering on behalf of evil and start rallying world opinion and lobbying world governments to take action to safeguard this world treasure.