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Sunday, April 03, 2011

President Yoda Does It Again

May 2009, Afghanistan:
Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.

The unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops of any religion from proselytizing while deployed there, Lt. Col. Mark Wright said.
April, 2011, Washington DC:
"The desecration of any holy text, including the Koran, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry," Obama said in a statement honoring those killed in the attacks.
Our president also condemned the rioters, who slaughtered some completely unrelated UN workers. Lessee. Burned a girl's school. Burned some churches. And all of this is because of a mock trial of the Koran in Florida which ended in the Koran being condemned and burned?

Ya know, I think it might have more to do with the "Kill Team" photos and also the long-running UN flap over defamation of religion. Some background. Something momentous happened at the UN Human Rights council in late March (after the mock trial):
Revulsion at Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and the murder this year of two leading opponents of those laws may have dealt a final blow to the Islamic world’s controversial “religious defamation” campaign at the United Nations.

In a significant development in Geneva late Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted, by consensus, a resolution on combating intolerance based on religion.

Unlike similar measures in previous years, the resolution dropped altogether the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)’s cherished concept of “defamation” of religions, and it dropped all direct references to Islam.
I think this might explain something about the attack on the UN compound and UN workers, don't you? I think people blaming Pastor No-Name at the church of small membership, who actually did their thing earlier might be a bit misled.

We're getting clearer info now; it turns out that the UN officials who were killed in Mazar-i-Sharif were apparently specifically targeted:
De Mistura said the three Europeans who died in the Mazar-i-Sharif compound were not victims of random mob violence but were hunted down in the bunker where they had taken refuge.
There's going to be more to this story. According to this UN Dispatch, clerics did talk of the Koran burning but the UN compound was attacked when it was said that hundreds of Korans had been burned.

If you're wondering how the Koran trial/execution became such big news, the president of Pakistan started it. He gave an address to his Parliament condemning it and demanding that the UN address the matter. NY Times. The story was picked up in Afghanistan, and then the president of Afghanistan condemned it. Then the locals demanded that the Terry Jones ( who did not actually burn the Koran - another guy did) should be prosecuted by the US government.

The Pakis have come under major international criticism for their blasphemy laws, application thereof, and the spate of popularly celebrated assassinations of politicians who just don't quite toe the Shariah line.

Could President Yoda possibly have come up with a more witless response?

Could President Yoda possibly have come up with a more witless response?

No. If he could have, he would have used it. ;-)
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