Saturday, April 2, 2011

Only in the Guardian

In an incredible piece of blame shifting, the Guardian has a poll up today asking whether Pastor Terry Jones who burned a Koran is responsible for the deaths of the U.N. civilians in Afghanistan.


Note: If you answer yes to the question then I really think you need some sort of brain surgery.

Now apart from the emerging evidence that the Afghans rioted then committed atrocities as explained in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live with an Afghanistan correspondent who stated quite categorically that this attack had little or nothing to do with the burning of the koran 2 weeks ago and everything to do with the recent publication of photographs of US soldiers posing with dead Afghan civilians that they had indiscriminately killed.
Apparently the crowd were angered by this and other instances where innocent civilians were killed and there was little or no condemnation or action taken by the west to bring the perpetrators to justice or to compensate the victims families.
Whilst this does not excuse the actions of the U.S. soldiers, the U.N. people were made up of a Swedish national, while another came from Norway. The other foreign victims are believed to be a Romanian and four Nepalese guards.
The Taliban has denied it carried out the attack.
"The Taliban had nothing to do with this, it was a pure act of responsible Muslims," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the Reuters news agency by phone from an undisclosed location.

On the face of it, it would seem that the koran burning is merely a smokescreen started by 'elements' within the media to try and apportion some of the blame to anywhere other than where it belongs.
Regardless, the cowardly slaughter of innocent people on ANY side is not acceptable and cannot be condoned and as Pastor Terry Jones said, this just highlights the very violent nature of Islam.
And no I'm not excusing Jones either, the man is a fundamentalist Christian and very controversial, however it has to be said that the Guardian trying to make it appear as if the obvious response to burning a book is to behead an innocent victim is outrageous, callous and bereft of compassion for the victims. No-one deserves to die over the burning of a book and it's time the Islamic community realised this.

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JuliaM said...

"Note: If you answer yes to the question then I really think you need some sort of brain surgery."

As you probably do anyway, if you're reading the 'Guardian' for any other purpose than fisking it...

WitteringsfromWitney said...

What JuliaM said, QM

Anonymous said...

Why on earth is anyone in their country. That includes soldiers, aid workers, medics or anyone else?
Why send aid of any kind, why accept immigrants from these areas, it is nothing to do with us.
Let them get on with their lives sink or swim.

Anonymous said...

Well this may be a first but at last after all this time of reading your blog all I can say is I agree and thanks for the extra detail being "forgotten about" by main stream media.