The fact that this was done, Italy’s history and art boxed up, is simply shameful pandering to backwards religious extremists, just because they have money.
The appropriate way to deal with this, instead, would have simply be to accommodate Rouhani by housing him far outside the city, in some countryside backwater, and having whatever necessary officials meet him there, and then shoving him off again to his backwater country.
…. or simply telling him “tough, deal with it, or F*** Off!”
That is, if there was even any need or intention to ‘accommodate’ – it’s fascinating that no one, now, will take credit for this.
NPR’s Scott Simon wonders if Iranian President Hassan Rouhani might have appreciated a moment to gaze at the many works of art in Rome’s Capitoline Museum, rather than seen the naked statues boxed up.