Sunday, April 03, 2011 6:51 AM
Terry Jones, last American standing.
Not to be outstyled by the "avenging" Gray Lady, The Christian Science Monitor wins Dhimmi of the News-Day today for this headline:
Is it really necessary to explain that free speech is speech and not violence; that burning the Koran is burning a bunch of wood pulp, and not violence; that violence is violence and that the only thing that "led" to it, now as always, are barbaric imams who, following the laws of Islam, exhorted their rabid flock to kill "infidels"?
These elementary facts have gone lost in the blur of dhimmitude from which the fearful outcry against Terry Jones has yet to reach its crescendo.
It's all his fault, the world shrieks, embarking on a leap of logic and laspe of morality in order to equate this symbolic act with a bloodlust massacre. Exhibit A; Our President.
It is anything but Jones' fault -- just as it is anything but the Danish Motoons' fault, Theo van Gogh's fault, the Pope's fault, Dante's fault, the Fogel family's fault, Fitna's fault, the Miss World Pageant's fault, Israel's fault, Geert Wilders' fault, Hirsi Ali's fault, the Copts' fault, the Paris police's fault, Jylland Posten's fault, Salman Rushdie's fault, Rushdie's Japanese translator's fault, Abdul Rahman's fault, Lara Logan's fault, Aaslya Hassan's fault, yodeling's fault, Kurt Westergaard's fault, Voltaire's fault, homosexuals' fault, the London Underground's fault, Tommy Robinson's fault, the World Trade Center's fault, Hena Akhter's fault, the Buddhas of Bamiyan's fault, the Davis Cup's fault, Jylland Posten's fault, Roberto Calderoni's fault, the Beslan schoolchildren's fault, Molly Norris's fault, the 82nd Airborne's fault ... or the fault of any other defender, staunch or incidental, or expression, heartfelt or passing, of or in the faith in God, aetheism, the West, Hinduism, the Reconquista, pork stew, freedom of conscience, dogs, and/or Frank Loesser.
The latest from Bloomberg:
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has called for tolerance in Afghanistan after the burning of a Koran in Florida prompted an attack that killed seven UN workers and sparked violent protests across the country.
''Now is a time to draw upon the common humanity that we share,'' Mr Obama said in a statement issued by the White House.
''The desecration of any holy text, including the Koran, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry. However, to attack and kill innocent people in response is outrageous.''
Florida pastor Terry Jones last month oversaw the burning of a Koran, carrying out the act after last year backing away from a threat to torch the Muslim holy book.
Both Afghan and international media had initially ignored the stunt. On Thursday, however, Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a speech condemning it and calling for Pastor Jones' arrest.
In other words, Boss Karzai called for Islamic law to override the Constitution.
On Friday, that theme was picked up in mosques throughout Afghanistan.
''Karzai brought this issue back to life, and he has to take some responsibility for starting this up,'' said a prominent Afghan businessman, on condition of anonymity.
Should we bring Karzai to justice? How about just prosecuting him for graft, influence peddling, consorting with the enemy (Iran) and be done with it.
Demonstrators stormed a UN compound in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif on April 1, killing four Nepalese security guards and three workers from Norway, Romania and Sweden, the UN said. The world body has begun an investigation into why Afghan police failed to stop the massacre.
Lemme guess. A) They're cowards Or B) Because they knew in their Islamic hearts that the protestors were Islamically correct. Or C) They couldn't Islamically justify harming Muslimc to defend non-Muslims....
Video footage broadcast on Afghan television showed armed police in disarray, some firing in the air, while protesters used cable-cutters to dismantle barbed wire and toppled a guard tower.
Stephen Carter, an independent Afghanistan analyst in Kabul, said the police failures raised larger questions about the capability of Afghan forces.
Everything always raised "larger questions." How about a larger answer? That this decade-long engagement in the umma is a hopeless, wasteful nightmare that the US must wake up from ASAP.
''The inability of the police to protect a UN compound in the middle of one of the safer cities in the country is inevitably going to raise questions about whether a handover of security is really possible,'' he said.
You bet it's possible. And then good riddance.