The synchronized acts of terrorism raised in London on July
7, the Star Festival Day, did not come as a great shock to me who
had been making an exhibition plan of the Jordan National Museum
in Amman, not because I had accustomed myself to hearing the news
of terrorism repeated in neighboring Iraq everyday.
I have just started reading the eEgypt,f one of the elonely planetf
series for my business. One of the pages I read yesterday gave a
description of the following;
In recent years there have been requests from the Egyptian government
for the return of key pieces including the Rosetta Stone, a bust
of Nefertiti held by the British Museum and some statues of Hatshepsut
held in New York.
But although the Western fascination with 'Oriental' Egypt has long
since abated, the chances of these treasures being returned are
On the one hand Western developed countries, criticizing the modern
imperialism, insist that they have already grown into a democracy
hence they have to support undeveloped nations such as Iraq even by
appealing to arms. On the other hand they have proudly been holding
cultural assets, arbitrarily positioning them to be their national
treasures such as Berlinfs great treasures, which had been looted
from the nations delayed in modernization by their ancestors, imperialists.
How can I explain this accomplished fact without calling it eterrorism
In the Jordan National Museum we have extremely been troubled with
this problem. It is of course to be suffered from physical pain when
cultural assets were looted, however it is difficult to heal psychological
pain caused by the fact that they are kept being looted. Why they
shall go to the West in order for them to study the origins of their
When I temporarily returned Tokyo, looking through an album of the
exhibition of Berlinfs great treasures which one of my friends cautiously
offered to me, I became wrapped up in deep hopeless sadness than a
Just then I was firmly convinced of the following myself;
Unless we can make cultural assets common property of humankind, i.e.
so far as we are unable to extinguish market value, world peace can
not be achieved. The fundamental cause for frequent terrorism in the
world is given not only by economy but by culture, hence terrorism
will not vanish from the world until such a global mechanism as UNESCO,
which changes cultural assets into humankindfs common property, is
By setting up this BLOG, I will take quiet but confident action against
the terrorism in London!