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Blowing Up History

majer Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 9:28 AM
Wrong. The pyramids and other Egyptian monuments used to bring in tourist dollars, but no more. The so-called "Arab Spring" has killed the tourist industry in Egypt. Read the article in the May 2012 National Geographic magazine about this. The author of the article visited the tourist sites in Egypt. Gone are the tourists. Gone are the thousands of vendors who sold junk to the tourists. Egypt has killed its only real source of revenue.
Lars795 Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 12:43 PM
The tourism industry in Egypt brings into about 20-25% of the GDP of that country.

In the Arabic media, there are reports that Muslim clerics -- energized by the sudden emergence of Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood -- are now agitating to demolish the Egyptian pyramids. According to agitated imams, the Pharaohs' monuments represent "symbols of paganism" from Egypt's pre-Islamic past and therefore must vanish.

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