In March 2016, the French ambassador to Afghanistan invited Pascal Convert to the city of Bamiyan, site of the destruction of the great Buddha sculptures fifteen years earliersix months before the attack on the Twin Towers. In deploying dynamite against these monumental statues, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar did not only desecrate religious idols, he also attacked the cultural patrimony of Afghanistan. Though Bamiyanlong a crossroads of Zoroastrianism, Islam, and Buddhism on the Silk Roadhas not been a site of pilgrimage or worship for centuries, and though there are no longer Buddhists in the country, these objects were important monuments of Afghan art and history. The Taliban made a film of the destruction, a document that points to the paradox of the iconoclasts, who are as conscious as any artist of the power of images. The 2002 exhibition “Iconoclash:
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