"I don't think we should be blaming any Afghan. We should be blaming the person who produced the news – the one who burned the Quran," he said.So blame the nutball American pastor for burning a book but NOT the firebrand Imam who stirred a mob into beheading innocent people? Criminy. What next--Koran burning becomes a hate crime in America?
Yes, yes, it's clear the act was provocative and threatening to our troops. That's the point. And no, it's not clear whether some Taliban members inserted themselves into the mob and did the killing to force outrage in America and Europe leading to calls for withdrawal. If so that's exactly the kind of terror we are still fighting. Yet the people who didn't do any killing were also marching out of rage--and they helped target the UN, who did nothing to deserve any rage other than being a symbol of the west. Tell us again this is not a holy war.
It's tiresome. If we can't get the terrorists, many of whom are hiding in Pakistan and Iran, and we can't affect change in the country, then we are wasting our time over there.
Time magazine blames Karzai for the massacre but also admits they engage in media conspiracies to spike stories they don't want to publicize (just as their favorite president was about to go to kinetic action in Libya):
For once we had to agree with Jones, at least partially. The media did its part to keep his March idiocy from spreading into tragedy. This time the guilt lies with the guy in the cape and karakul – who aside from being an allegedly corrupt politician, is one we now know uses tactics that are as medieval as the Florida preacher's are.OK, agreed about Karzai (although have to wonder about Iran as well) but Time didn't fail to get their shots in at the preacher (a Neanderthal). For comparison, wonder how Time covered the "Piss Christ" and "Mary in elephant dung" art exhibits that outraged many Christians across the world back in the day?
Well, here's one article that basically bashes conservative Senators for expressing outrage over PC; here's one talking about artistic expression and Christian icons; and here's one referring to the pushback over the Virgin Mary in elephant crap exhibit as an "attack" on art by mayor Giuliani. So, had Jones only set up his Koran burning display as a art exhibit in the front yard of his church he would have left many journalists seriously conflicted. Theoretically, at least.
Right Truth points to a woman named Ann Barnhardt who has something to say to Lindsay Graham. A lot, actually. While she seems a tad hostile she did admit to having more 'balls' than everyone else, so there ya go. Whatever the case, all her counter-points to his Sunday comments were correct. Not sure if that means the left will tag her as an extremist tea bagger or agree with her with reservations, it's just hard to tell anymore.