On Sunday, 20 March, a Florida pastor that no one cares about held a stupid media event at which he set fire to a copy of the Koran; the holy book of the Islamic religion.
The pastor — Terry Jones — had previously threatened to burn the Koran but was talked out of it, or decided not to, or whatever. Sometime in March, he changed his mind again and went through with his cheap publicity stunt. His actions — misguided though they may be — are protected under law by the Constitution of the United States.
Today, as many as 12 UN workers were killed — two were reportedly beheaded — by a mob of Afghans at a UN compound in northern Afghanistan. Five Afghans were also killed. The New York Times reports:
Thousands of demonstrators angered over the burning of a Koran in Florida mobbed offices of the United Nations in northern Afghanistan on Friday, overrunning the compound and killing at least seven foreign staff workers, according to Afghan officials.
There were conflicting reports on the total number of people killed, whether some insurgents disguised as demonstrators had used the protest as a pretext to attack the U.N. offices, and whether two of the victims had been beheaded. Five Afghans were also reported killed.
Are we really supposed to believe that this massacre occurred because “thousands of demonstrators” were “angered” by what some nitwit in Florida did? If they were really “angered,” why weren’t they “angered” on March 21st? Or March 22nd? Or March 29? Did it really take 11 days for this “anger” to percolate before it exploded? And when Pakistanis burn the American flag, do Americans pour out of their homes and form an angry mob, looking for UN officials to behead?
It seems much more likely that the “insurgents” mentioned in the second paragraph of The NYT story were the cause of this horrific violence.
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