Afghans Angry Over Florida Koran Burning Kill U.N. Staff
By ENAYAT NAJAFIZADA and ROD NORDLAND
The New York Times, April 1, 2011
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Stirred up by a trio of angry mullahs, thousands of protesters overran the compound of the United Nations in Mazar-i-Sharif, killing at least 12 people, Afghan and United Nations officials said...
Friday’s episode began when three mullahs, addressing worshipers at Friday Prayers inside the Blue Mosque here, one of Afghanistan’s holiest places, urged people to take to the streets to agitate for the arrest of Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who oversaw the burning of a Koran on March 20.
I'm sure "Pastor" Jones will take personal responsibility for his actions (as all christians do) and just sit right down and write letters of condolence to the families of each of the twelve UN employees -- who would still be alive, but for Jones' ignorant, bigoted and pathetically deluded speech and behavior.
UPDATE: "Pastor" Jones says not responsible and calls for "retribution" over the murder of UN employees in Afghanistan -- how, exactly, wasn't made clear.
Mr. Jones said in an interview with Agence France-Presse on Friday that he was “devastated” by the killings of 12 people in a violent protest in Afghanistan when a mob, enraged by the burning of a Koran by Mr. Jones’s church, attacked the United Nations compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. “We don’t feel responsible for that,” he told the news service...
In a statement, Mr. Jones demanded that the United States and United Nations take “immediate action” against Muslim nations in retaliation for the deaths. “The time has come to hold Islam accountable” ... [h]e also called on the United Nations to act against “Muslim-dominated countries,” which he said “must alter the laws that govern their countries to allow for individual freedoms and rights, such as the right to worship, free speech and to move freely without fear of being attacked or killed.”
Some members of [Jones' church] the Dove World Outreach Center said they feared they would be attacked.
“We have a huge stack of death threats,” [a church member] said. “We take precautions. I have a handgun. A lot of us have concealed weapons permits..."