The Corriere della Sera wrote on January 29:
“Behind the destruction of the tombs and the manuscripts in Timbuktu was more than just the iconoclasm that aims to preserve the uniqueness of the worship of the one God. There was the desire to destroy a cultural legacy that enjoys the protection of UNESCO and other ‘foreign’ institutions which are perceived as alien elements that must be eradicated. No religious prescription would permit the destruction of Koran scriptures or the memoirs of scholars.
“But anything goes when it comes to burning manuscripts and destroying tombs that the West, and not just the West, is watching over.”