Friday, 18 April 2008

The Guernica Tapestry

When I recently watched again the BBC production Around the World in 80 Treasures, I stumbled over the remark by Dan Cruickshank about the tapestry copy of Pablo Picasso's Guernica in the United Nations building in New York City. When Collin Powell and John Negroponte delivered (now it is clear to everyone) their lies about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction in a press conference on February 5, 2003, the picture was veiled with a large blue curtain. Guernica from 1937, which is an epoch-making reminder of the horrors of war (we recall that German and Italian fascists, in what was called Operation Rügen, killed, in several raids, hundreds of innocents), should not interfere with media coverage when war had been declared on the Iraqi people.

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