The Religion of Perpetual Outrage strikes again
of fanatics attacked and killed 7 UN workers in Afghanistan yesterday. The
reason? The Florida preacher Terry Jones – desperate for media attention after
being ignored for a few months – burned a Koran on March 20 – almost two weeks
For the 14th
century peasants who have now rioted for two days, it seems news travels slowly
to that part of the world.
But the question isn’t about
benighted religious extremists who go off at the slightest hint of disrespect to
their holy book and prophet. The shocking question is why is the press, and much
of the West, excusing the violence by pointing to the Koran burning as a
justification for it?
Stirred up by three angry
mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at a Florida church,
thousands of protesters on Friday overran the compound of the United Nations in
this northern Afghan city, killing at least 12 people, Afghan and United Nations
The dead included at least seven United
Nations workers – four Nepalese guards and three Europeans from Romania, Sweden
and Norway – according to United Nations officials in New York. One was a woman.
Early reports, later denied by Afghan officials, said that at least two of the
dead had been beheaded. Five Afghans were also killed.
Unable to find
Americans on whom to vent their anger, the mob turned instead on the next-best
symbol of Western intrusion – the nearby United Nations headquarters. “Some of
our colleagues were just hunted down,” said a spokesman for the United Nations
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Kieran Dwyer, in confirming the attack.
In Washington, President Obama issued a statement strongly condemning the
violence against United Nations workers. “Their work is essential to building a
stronger Afghanistan for the benefit of all its citizens,” he said. “We stress
the importance of calm and urge all parties to reject violence.” The statement
made no reference to the Florida church or the Koran burning.
The president was correct in not
including reference to Koran burning in his statement. By doing so, he would
have given the illogical, unreasoning, intolerant, violently sick extremists a
pass for their murderous rampage.
There is no reason on earth for
murdering people, regardless of the “provocation.” This is especially true when
it comes to reacting to the mindless, intolerant bigot in Florida. If Jones
wants to burn a Koran, as long as he’s not violently attacking anyone or
advocating such, he is within his rights to do so. There is no law against
idiocy, nor even hate as long as the hater does not violate the rights of
Melanie Phillips recently got
into trouble with the PC police in Great Britain for referring to mindless,
Muslim fanatics as “savages” for murdering an Israeli family in their beds. I
think that description would be apt in this case as well.