by John Robson
On hearing that American soldiers had burned some Korans, Afghans erupted into randomly murderous rage. In the ensuing stone-throwing, tire- and flag-burning and infidel-denouncing by Friday some 14 people had been killed, mostly Muslim Afghans. What’s that about?
It’s hard to sympathize with whoever was charged with disposing of Qur’ans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan and decided a public bonfire would be nicely inconspicuous. And yes, it feeds into the stereotype of Americans oblivious to other cultures. But that said, let me pose a few questions to the kinder, gentler multiculturalists out there.
Barack Obama predictably groveled in a three-page written apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai because some idiots burned Qur’ans thought to have been used by Taliban prisoners to exchange messages. So will Karzai send Obama a written apology because an Afghan soldier shot two American soldiers who weren’t involved in the incident?
Or for Taliban desecrating Qur’ans by writing murder plots in them? Or for his countrymen killing nearly 2,000 Americans and more than 150 Canadians because we came to save them from the Taliban we armed to save them from Communism, then tried to insist that girls should go to school without being murdered, raped or disfigured with acid?
Why do we act as if we agreed that it was worse to destroy a book than a person? If an Afghan burned a Bible in America, or Afghanistan, how many people would die in the ensuing riots? None, obviously.
If most Afghans found a Bible and recognized it they almost certainly would destroy it. Quite possibly along with its owner. We don’t hear about that stuff, though, do we?
Has the President of Iraq apologized because Christians are being murdered, terrorized and driven out of that country? Has the Saudi King to whom Obama infamously bowed apologized because it’s illegal to build a church in his country or conduct a public Christian worship service? Or because his predecessor King Faisal told anyone who’d listen that Jews murdered gentiles to consume their blood on Passover?
Or, if kings are off limits, how about the Saudi imam who, in a government mosque, reproached Palestinians for failing to enslave Jewish women? Still waiting for that apology too. A Saudi who burned a Bible would be lucky if they only went to jail … for having had a Bible.
As founding king Ibn Saud’s grandfather once explained, he would haggle over politics. “But when the question is one of religion, we kill everybody.” In Afghanistan that apparently includes not only innocent non-Muslims, but innocent Muslims as well.
If it were an isolated incident … I’d still be shaking my head. But of course it isn’t. Last year at least 24 Afghans were killed after an American preacher burned a Qur’an in Florida. After. But not because. As newspapers casually noted Friday, terrorists in Iraq killed dozens of their fellow Muslims on Thursday alone, without a desecrated Qur’an or any other excuse.
Then there were the infamous Danish cartoons, taken on a provocative tour of the Middle East by Danish imams complete with added inflammatory bogus images. In the ensuing riots dozens who were neither Danish, nor cartoonists, nor Christians, Jews, atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, or any other form of stinking infidel were killed because … uh … why were they killed?
At the risk of ruffling Justin Trudeau’s hair, I find this response barbaric. By all means be offended if someone clumsily insults your religion. But exhibit some self-control. Express dismay; request an apology; ostracize the offender. But don’t try to kill him, let alone get so crazy you kill someone who is not only innocent of the original offense but shares your outrage.
If you do, don’t expect me to pretend it’s not disgusting.
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