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Comment: Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (Score 1) 246

by AC-x (#47850837) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

The Syrian civil war is a political conflict sparked by a violent crackdown on anti-Assad protests in 2011 you dolt. Some of the rebel fighters are literally backed by the US government. Does that mean the US government supports Islamic extremists? Maybe you're confusing it with ISIS, an Iraqi group which was at the time of your poll (May 2013) a largely unknown bit player?

Comment: Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (Score 1) 246

by AC-x (#47841787) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

According to that link the poll shows three quarters of Dutch Muslims support other Dutch Muslims joining rebels fighting Assad, the very same rebels that the west was so desperate to help.

Claiming three quarters of Muslims support extremism based on that is an outright lie.

Comment: Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (Score 1) 246

by AC-x (#47835383) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

That's how many soldiers ISIS has, where did they get money for weapons, outside support. Where are they getting rations, outside support. Where are they getting vehicles, outside support.

Wrong, the vast majority of their finances and equipment comes from money and kit captured in Iraq and Syria. source

n mid-2014, Iraqi intelligence extracted information from an ISIS operative which revealed that the organization had assets worth US$2 billion,[164] making it the richest jihadist group in the world.[165] About three quarters of this sum is said to be represented by assets seized after the group captured Mosul in June 2014; this includes possibly up to US$429 million looted from Mosul's central bank, along with additional millions and a large quantity of gold bullion stolen from a number of other banks in Mosul.

The most common weapons used against US and other Coalition forces during the Iraq insurgency were those taken from Saddam Hussein's weapon stockpiles around the country, these included AKM variant assault rifles, PK machine guns and RPG-7s.[184] ISIS has been able to strengthen its military capability by capturing large quantities and varieties of weaponry during the Syrian Civil War and Post-US Iraq insurgency.

Comment: Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (Score 2) 246

by AC-x (#47835149) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

It's called the "Islamic golden age" because those advances were done by Muslims in a state ruled by Islamic law. While obviously that doesn't prove that Islam created those advances (I never claimed it did) it does run counter to hairyfeet's dodgy quote (can't find deGrasse saying that anywhere) which claims Islam stopped Arabian progress, when most of that progress happened under Islam.

Comment: Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (Score 1) 246

by AC-x (#47834787) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

According to one version of his biography,[18] al-Haytham, confident about the practical application of his mathematical knowledge, assumed he could regulate the floods of the Nile. Having been ordered to do so by Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, the sixth ruler of the Fatimid caliphate, he quickly realised its impossibility. Fearing for his life, he feigned madness[1][19] and was placed under house arrest.

There's a similar story about Galileo, and it's used as an example of how overbearing the Catholic Church was at the time. But nooo, in this case, it's an example of how "golden" Islam is. Makes sense!

The Catholic Church's opposition to Galileo was because his theories contradicted the Church's teachings.

What's religious about what happened to al-Haytham? He claimed he could divert the Nile, he was ordered to do so by the ruler, realised he couldn't do it after all so pretended to be mad and got thrown in jail. What's Islam got to do with that? You think any 11th century European king would have been more lenient?

Comment: Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (Score 2, Informative) 246

by AC-x (#47833911) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

It is how Neil Degrasse Tyson said when talking about how religion can kill progress "The Arab world was the center of science and mathematics for centuries, and then came Islam"

You mean the Islamic golden age? Which many consider to have ended at the destruction of Baghdad by the Mongols?

Comment: Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (Score 1) 246

by AC-x (#47833785) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

First of all those 23,700 homicides were carried out by around 15,800 people. Scaled up to the size of ISIS (100,000) that makes the equivalent of 150,000 murders in one year.

Secondly where are the annual ISIS figures in that link? The figures quoted by Wikipedia are the combined total, over several years of the conflict, of deaths caused by ISIS, other rebel groups (that the west was so desperate to support) and pro-government forces.

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