Without question, that preacher Jones guy in Florida is an idiot, an appellation appropriate for religious zealots of all stripes. What's his name in Wichita. Pat Roberston, Osama. His stunt, aided and abetted by a Christian TV station, confirms a stupid, egocentric, deluded, and hateful person. And persons. But I gotta say: people who riot and kill on behalf of their religion when some idiot does something stupid -- and entirely harmless to life and limb -- half-way around the world are a kind of crazy I simply can't fathom.
Foreigners have been killed in Afghanistan before, and today’s attack was not the first fatal attack on UN staff. But it was different than previous fatal attacks. Very different. The killers were ordinary residents of a city deemed peaceful enough to be one of the first places transferred to the control of Afghan security forces. The men who broke into the UN compound, set fires and killed eight people weren’t Taliban, or henchmen of a brutal warlord, or members of a criminal gang. They weren’t even armed when the protests began –they took weapons from the UN guards who were their first victims.[...]This is not the beginning of the end for the international community in Afghanistan. This is the end. Terry Jones and others will continue to pull anti-Islam stunts and opportunistic extremists here will use those actions to incite attacks against foreigners. Unless we, the internationals, want our guards to fire on unarmed protesters from now on, the day has come for us to leave Afghanistan.
God protect us from such believers as these, on all sides.]