Back when Terry Jones started rolling tape for his 15 minutes, I wrote the following:
That said, these people have a right under our First Amendment to do what they will with books they own. Those who would talk about book burnings and how this takes us back to (pick your totalitarian regime) are missing one very important point. Neither the state nor a state-sponsored group is responsible for this book burning. While we might consider these actions foolish, selfish and even hurtful to the cause of Christianity, they are choosing to destroy their own property.
I realize that you’ve probably seen the following rough statement/argument in several places, but it does bear repeating. If a group of people can be incensed against the citizens of a country of 300 million by the actions of 30 of that country’s citizens–actions which have been disavowed from the President on down) then we really should be reconsidering the use of the sobriquet “the religion of peace.”
Now that he has proceeded to actually burn the book, matters have only gotten worse–or have they? Here are a few thoughts from Andrew McCarthy:
I would instead like to draw attention to the repugnant statement issued by General David Petraeus and NATO Ambassador Mark Sedwill:
KABUL, Afghanistan (April 3, 2011) – In view of the events of recent days, we feel it is important on behalf of ISAF [i.e., the International Security Assistance Force] and NATO members in Afghanistan to reiterate our condemnation of any disrespect to the Holy Qur’an and the Muslim faith. We condemn, in particular, the action of an individual in the United States who recently burned the Holy Qur’an.
We also offer condolences to the families of all those injured and killed in violence which occurred in the wake of the burning of the Holy Qur’an.
We further hope the Afghan people understand that the actions of a small number of individuals, who have been extremely disrespectful to the Holy Qur’an, are not representative of any of the countries of the international community who are in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people.
Notice he condemns the moron who torched the Koran — um, I’m sorry, the Holy Qur’an (including all its holy verses that command Muslims to strike terror into the hearts of unbelievers) — but not a word of condemnation for the sadistic jihadist killers who struck terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. Rather, there is just an expression of sympathy for the families of those who were slain. And, of course, there is not a word of condemnation for our great ally, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the jihadi-pandering sleaze who did more to incite murder than the nutty Florida pastor did.
I am reminded of a couple things. 1) we have little control over what people do to us, but everything to do with how we react to them, and 2) all those cockroaches which I saw when I flipped on the light–the light didn’t create them–it just displayed them.