Ten U.N. Workers Murdered by Afghans in Retaliation for Florida Koran Burning
by Brett Wilkins
Ten foreign United Nations employees were murdered earlier today in an attack on the UN headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif, in northern Afghanistan. Agence France-Presse reports the international workers were killed by demonstrators protesting the burning of a Koran in an American church last month.
On March 20, dubbed “International Judge the Koran Day” by Gainesville, Florida pastor Wayne Sapp, Christian congregants held a trial for the Islamic holy book, found it guilty, and burned it. This senseless, inflammatory exercise in intolerance was supervised by pastor Terry Jones, who drew international condemnation last year for his aborted plan to burn a Koran.
But more senseless are today’s killings by incensed Muslims over a book. Say what you like about fundamentalist Christ-tards and their medieval intolerance, they never murder people for burning paper. Not for the last 500 years or so, anyway. If Christians are medieval in their ways, then Muslims who support this sort of thing are downright barbaric. These killings are a godsend (no pun intended) for the Islam-haters out there, and lord knows (well, maybe I meant it just a little bit this time) there are already enough of those in the world.
The Afghan government has condemned the “disrespectful and abhorrent” burning of the Koran, calling it an attempt to incite tension between the religions. Fair enough. But nothing quite “incites tension” like the killing of innocent people over a book of fairy tales. And before some rabid mullah out there issues a fatwa on my head, chill, bro, I regard all religions which profess to be the “one true way” with equal abhorrence. Not sure that’s enough to save my head; trying to reason with savages is like trying to teach a monkey to play the tuba.
In any case, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling on the United States to bring the Koran burners to justice. For what, exactly. I’d like to know. Because as offensive and juvenile as the actions of the Florida Koran burners may be, the only thing they hurt were people’s feelings. The reactionary right likes to say radical Muslims hate us for our freedoms. That’s about as true a statement as saying the United States invaded Iraq to secure Saddam’s WMDs. But burning a Koran, as senselessly insensitive as it is, is an exercise in freedom of speech. There was no crime committed. It’s Karzai who ought to be bringing the murderers of the international workers– people who gave their lives helping this wretchedly hapless nation pick itself up off the shitheap of history– to justice.
Of course, despite protestations of indignation from both sides, I don’t expect this horrific incident will strain relations between the Karzai government and his international partners. His regime, putrid and rotting with corruption, needs our money, and the United States covets a permanent military presence— bases– in Afghanistan. And let’s not forget about the trillion dollars worth of natural resources sitting beneath the rocky Afghan soil.
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