Not a clash of civilizations; but world culture vs. Islamist culture

Symbolic surrender, such as covering up a painting, is as bad as surrendering the hard fought rights of women not to be groped en masse.

On January 25th Iranian President Hassan Rouhani strolled through a new modern art exhibit at Rome’s Capitoline exhibit. Gone were any nude statues – instead there were white boxes.

It turned out of course that this wasn’t a new modernist take on anti-art, but rather an attempt by Eurocrats worried about “offending” the Iranian regime to cover up artworks deemed too risqué. At the same time Rouhani was touring the Ayatollah-art installation, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI was giving a speech to a conference in Marrakesh about the “rights of minorities in Islamic lands.”