You'd think that one of our goals in the West would be to convince Muslims that they shouldn't be killing people over burned books. No such luck. When the entire world grovels at the feet of Muslims over the inadvertent burning of the Qur'an, it reinforces the Muslim view. That is, our government shows by its actions that burning the Qur'an is indeed a momentous event, far more important than dozens of deaths.
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed nine people in an attack on a military airport in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, the latest bloodshed since copies of the Koran were burned at a NATO base last week.
There was no official indication the explosion at the gates of Jalalabad airport was linked to the deadly protests, but the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack as "revenge" for the Koran burnings.
Nineteen Afghan civilians and law enforcement officers and four NATO soldiers were wounded in the blast, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Nangarhar province, of which Jalalabad is the capital, said. . . .
The groundswell of anger over the burning of the Koran, which Muslims revere as the literal word of God, has highlighted the challenges ahead as Western forces try to quell violence and bring about some form of reconciliation with the Taliban.
The violence has killed more than 30 people and wounded at least 200, including two U.S. troops shot dead by an Afghan soldier who joined rallies in the east. Two U.S. officers were also shot at close range inside the Interior Ministry.
In an interview from Rabat, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the violence was "out of hand and it needs to stop". (Read more.)
Perhaps some more apologies will put an end to the violence.
Here's a response from the American Freedom Law Center (our lawyers):