Anger over Terry Jones’s “Burn a Koran Day” has been renewed, thanks to Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai. Most of Afghanistan had ignored or peacefully protested Terry Jones’s actions on March 20th but Karzai’s Friday sermon filled with criticism over Jones’s act prompted thousands to take to the streets on Saturday. Unfortunately, their protest was not peaceful but violent and ended with the deaths of 10 people and seven U.N. workers.
It’s really tragic when a situation escalates to the point that Saturday’s protest did. Sometimes, it is better to let sleeping dogs lie. If Hamid Karzai hadn’t reignited and prompted his people into violence over “Burn a Koran Day” then no lives would have been lost. What Terry did had been on the brink of being forgotten.
Of course, Terry Jones’s decision to burn a Koran in front of 50 members of his church can be viewed as the cause of everything by some. However, murder is something that cannot be justified by the actions of someone else. Hopefully, the violent protests will soon end but there’s no guarantee that will happen. Perhaps it is time for Karzai to make another speech pleading for his people to protest peacefully. Don’t count on that to happen though.
Â© Evalynn J. Saeyang Â– Gather Inc. 2011