What do we do with art from the past deemed offensive today?

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Russell Smith:

The news that a former Islamist warrior in northern Mali has pleaded guilty to – and apologized for – the destruction of ancient architecture in Timbuktu is mild vindication for all of us who were outraged by the continuing destruction of valuable art and sculpture across the Middle East by religious fanatics. It has been easy to denounce the blowing up of precious libraries and temples by ISIS and gorgeous Buddhist statues by the Taliban – that is obviously wrong, Philistinic, uncivilized… Read more

Image: The rubble left from an ancient mausoleum destroyed by Islamist militants, is seen in Timbuktu, Mali, on July 25, 2013. (Joe Penney/REUTERS)