Today’s New York Times reports nine more deaths resulting from rioting in Afghanistan inspired by the burning of a Qur’an in America. (Yesterday’s toll of 15 has been changed to 12, bringing the total to 21). One of the victims, all killed by bullets, was a police officer.
Oh, and the rioters didn’t neglect a religously inspired slap at women:
Zalmai Ayoubi, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the rioters attacked the Zarghona Ana High School for Girls, burning some classrooms and a school bus. The school is supported by the United States Agency for International Development. The Taliban have opposed girls’ education.
Why did Muslims not riot a week ago Friday (March 25), when the Qur’an had been burned by Pastor Jones on March 20? It turns out that Hamid Karzai announced it!
Both Afghan and international news media had initially played down or ignored the action of Mr. Jones, the Florida pastor. This Thursday, however, President Hamid Karzai made a speech and issued statements condemning the Koran burning and calling for the arrest of Mr. Jones for his actions. On Friday that theme was picked up in mosques throughout Afghanistan.
Karzai is not only corrupt, but malicious as well.