It’s two weeks since Valentine’s Day. But I’ve just read Egyptian cleric Hazem Shuman’s criticism of the holiday. And I think it deserves repeating.
“I have come tonight to warn all boys and girls about an extremely dangerous virus, which is about to attack the hearts of the nation’s youth…we must confront this Valentine virus!”, he says. Shuman has an important point to make. It’s just not the point he intended.
The export of Western culture to the Middle East has long been a potential source of social friction: this is well known. Less well known, however, is that China has a role to play.