Friday, April 1, 2011

"Anger", oh really?

This is a headline:

Afghan Mob Kills 10 Foreign United Nations Workers

KABUL, Afghanistan — The protesters, angered by a Koran burning in Florida on Mar. 20., attacked a U.N. office in Mazar-i-Sharif.
I'm sorry, but this is premeditated mob murder.  This has nothing to do with anger.  They were whipped up by irresponsible religious figures at the mosque and set loose on an poorly guarded compound.  The story states:
The attack began when hundreds of demonstrators, some of them armed, poured out of mosques after Friday Prayer and headed to the headquarters of the United Nations in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
To imagine that this was provoked by some cracked up Florida pastor's burning of a few Korans is giving these people far too little credit.  Somebody wanted the UN out and they found an excuse.  The ugly thing is that people are so easy to whip into a frenzy.  Maybe the NY Times consider writing headlines that don't just monkey the American prejudice towards Afghanistan as the land of religious insanity?  Pretty please?

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