Afghanistan: clash of fundamentalisms in round two of Koran wars
After backing off at last year's 9-11 anniversary, the wacky extremoid Christian fundi Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida, apparently followed through on his threat to burn a Koran on March 20. This prompted wacky extremoid Muslim fundis in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, to storm a UN compound, killing as many as 20 employees and setting fire to several buildings today. (CSM, April 1) We really wish this was an April Fool's joke, but we don't think so.
The Christian Science Monitor informs us:
Jones decided to go through with the burning on March 20 after serving as judge in a "trial" of the Muslim holy book. He found it "guilty" of "training and promoting terrorist activities...death, rape, torture of people worldwide" and crimes against women and minorities.
We've already pointed out the irony of someone who espouses a strict and literal adherence to Old Testament biblical law (e.g. the death penalty for homosexuality) accusing Islam of being violent and backwards. It is hopefully needless to point out the equal irony of Muslim fundis attempting to repudiate this characterization by killing people.
It practically goes without saying that Terry Jones' website is also full of paranoid anti-UN rhetoric, e.g.: "Astonishingly, Islamic states have a powerful voice at the United Nations and dominate the Human Rights Council... The United Nations in New York, Washington DC, and Canada are also in our sights for rallies." Substitute "Christian" for "Islamic" in this quote; Mazar, Kandahar and Kabul for New York, DC, and Canada; and translate into Uzbek—and it probably mirrors almost verbatim verbiage employed by the jihadis in Mazar-i-Sharif. Life's little ironies, eh?
More from CSM:
A smaller demonstration with about 100 protestors also took place in front of the US Embassy in Kabul. Demonstrators called for US forces to leave Afghanistan. There were no reports of violence or injury.
Well, there's some good news anyway.