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9/10/10

Afghan Protests Against Koran Burning Turn Violent

However insensitive Terry Jones' initial intention (apparently canceled) to burn copies of the Koran, what he abhors is, in fact, the de facto reality. Jones may have fed the fire, but he didn't light it.

In short, no matter how foolish we think Terry Jones is, or the members of his church, America and the world is afraid of Islamic terrorists and we are willing to cower.

We are not Americans, not the Americans who stood against English oppression in the late 1700s. We are new Americans, ones who let fear be our bedfellow, nursemother and sensei. It is real. The solution is not known.

The New York Times reports that, as expected, violence has broken out in Afghanistan.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Numerous protests broke out in Afghanistan on Friday and two of them turned violent in response to plans by a Florida pastor to burn copies of the Koran, even after the pastor announced he had suspended those plans.
In western Afghanistan, one civilian was killed and three were wounded by gunshots at a protest outside a NATO base in Bala Buluk, according to a hospital official there.
In northern Afghanistan, five Afghan protesters were wounded by gunshots, three of them critically, when hundreds of men tried to force their way onto a NATO reconstruction base in Faizabad, the capital of Badakshan Province, Afghan officials said.

Afghan Protests Against Koran Burning Turn Violent

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