Terry Jones' Koran Burning Inspires Afghan Riot That Kills 12 U.N. Workers

When lunatic Gainesville pastor Terry Jones announced his plan to burn Korans at his tiny church, no less an authority than Gen. David Petreaus warned that there would be consequences in places like Afghanistan where fellow religious lunatics look for any such provocation for bloodshed.

Jones went ahead with the Koran burning anyway last week. Now at least 12 people at a U.N. compound in Mazar-i-Sharif have paid for his stunt with their lives.

Three mullahs in the northern Afghanistan town told their followers this week to avenge Jones' Koran-burning stunt, the New York Times reports.

In response, angry mobs stormed a U.N. compound in the city, killing twelve, including seven U.N. workers. The dead include five Nepalese security guards and two U.N. workers, who may have been beheaded.

What a disgusting cycle of violence. Jones, when hunted down by the press later this afternoon, will surely expound upon how the violence merely proves his opinion that Muslims are sub-human savages. His comments, rebranded and rebroadcast in Kabul, will then inspire fresh new killings and bombings.

(Update: Sure enough, Jones has released a statement trumpeting the righteousness of his book burning and announcing that "Islam is not a religion of peace.")

All because some idiot hick in Gainesville wanted publicity we were all too glad to hand him for a ham-handed intolerant provocation.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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