King Tut's Gold Mask, Egypt's most iconic object, has been irreparably damaged in a botched cleaning and restoration effort. This horrible news is part of a pattern. Just recently, allegations also surfaced that an unqualified contracting firm had also botched the restoration of the Step Pyramid.
All this raises a simple question. Is this really time to help legitimize the Egyptian Military Dictatorship with a MOU that will in effect recognize its rights to exclusive control over every artifact deemed "Egyptian?"