Standing guard outside the Bardo museum in Tunis in the aftermath of the March 19, 2015 attacks (BBC)

Depressing follow-on post on the destruction of artefacts by IS end of February in Iraq – the terrorist attack at and on the Bardo Museum in Tunis. The assault in the vicinity of Parliament, in session debating anti-terrorism legislation lasted several hours and claimed the lives of at least 21 people and injuring more than 40.

This
image of state power – masked and armed member of a special unit
guarding the museum – reveals its vulnerability, as the state is
confronted with a challenge to its monopoly of violence.

Johanna M

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