“Loonbucket” (a term of not-endearment by his own daughter) Terry Jones has done something immensely stupid. He went ahead with plans to burn (“execute”) the Quran in order to “stop Islam,” and as a result, violence has broken out in Afghanistan.
So there you have it, he’s accomplished his goals. Angering a people to the point of deadly violence, ending lives, those were the fruits of his grand little gesture. Be proud, Pastor Lunatic. You’ve just endangered more lives, including American ones.
Gen. David Petraeus and Defense Secretary Robert Gates both warned him against doing this. Via Think Progress:
Fifteen people were killed this morning in Kabul, including ten United Nations workers, when residents enraged at Jones’ act stormed a U.N. office:
Protesters angered by the burning of a Koran by a fringe American pastor in Florida mobbed offices of the United Nations in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing ten foreign staff members and beheading two of the victims, according to an Afghan police spokesman. Five Afghans were also killed.
The attack began when hundreds of demonstrators, some of them armed, poured out of mosques after Friday Prayer and headed to the headquarters of the United Nations in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
One Afghan official said “several hundred demonstrators were peacefully protesting the purported burning when the gathering suddenly turned violent.” This unfortunate but predictable violence is exactly what Petraeus, Gates, and others warned about.
As Think Progress notes, several on the far right bashed Petraeus for daring to issue those warnings.
Of course, it is highly unlikely the media will mention that little fact. It’s much too relevant.
Eight workers for the U.N. and four Afghans were killed, said Abdul Rauof Taj, security director of Bulkh province. At least 24 people were injured, he said.