Though the reaction is somewhat delayed, a mob in Afghanistan finally heard of Florida Pastor Terry Jones’ Koran-burning stunt… and marched on a United Nations compound to avenge the incident, killing twelve.
Jones, in response, insists on two things: first, that this isn’t his fault. And second, that it proves, conclusively, that Muslims can’t be trusted. Now, am I missing something, or does Jones’ second point prove too much?
Make no mistake, Jones was angling for precisely this response. As he even admits, he was counting on bloodshed, to prove something we already knew — that fundamentalist Muslims are crazy — and extend it to bolster the thesis of his little show trial, that the Koran is itself a violent document. Regardless of the fact that the little scheme depended on an intervening actor — an admittedly crazy, violent actor — death and bloodshed were precisely what Jones wanted, and precisely what he got.
I’m not saying this is enough to support a criminal indictment (Sen. Reid is wrong), or even a wrongful death action… though I think it probably could. This isn’t about the law, whether civil or criminal. It’s about the civilian duty of responsibility, to make the world a better, not a worse place. If you tell an acquaintance, known to be murderously jealous, that his wife cheated on him, you cannot wash your hands of it after she’s murdered.
It’s not a novel conclusion that fundamentalist Muslims — carefully limited by the adjective — are a violent, unpredictable, and dangerous sort. What will be novel is if we let one of our own fundamentalists use them as a puppet in the planned murder of innocent bystanders.
Update: I can represent that Dad approves.