While we babble on about 1st Amendment, keep in mind the severe ignorance of many of these Afghan villagers. They cannot read any language. They live like the Flintstones. They actually are nice people, but when someone uses this to say this is an attack on their religion, they pick up the RPGs and go to fighting. The Taliban will use this as a tool to kill US and other Coalition forces. It might feel nice to burn the Korans in Polk County, Florida (my home county), but it translates to death in Afghanistan.
I cannot tell you how shocked I am to be reading this. He is ranting against the doings of the infamous Pastor Terry Jones and his perpetual mania of burning Qur’ans.
Folks, let me tell you something about me: I love books. I have books everywhere as my long-suffering Wife can attest and my Mom has endured since she and Dad made the mistake of not providing me with siblings and thought buying books was cheaper in the long run than buying the latest Matel box-of-fun. Back south of the gulf, I still have thousands of books (yes, thousands) I could not bring with me because there was no space available in the moving container. I have books that were given to me as gift when I was 5-6 years old. I have books given to me by communists and other idiotic people (know thy enemy and all that.) I have text books that are outdated by decades. I have books that are so boring, it took me years to read them (Great Gatsby? About 15 years.) So allow me to tell you that the fact that anybody would set books on fire makes me very very angry. I remember watching Fahrenheit 451 when I was a teen and scream in anger at the screen. In fact, I haven’t even read the book as I simply cannot make myself do it knowing what is about.
So it is safe to say I have no love whatsoever with Pastor Terry Jones, but if he wants to burn Qur’ans, Bibles, Bhagavad Gitas or Battlefield Earths, he can do it because it is First Amendment Right to do it as despicable as it might be. And that a person that I considered to be a journalist cites any excuse to infringe or restrict any Americans right to demonstrate his beliefs because what a bunch of idiots may think, say or do after they spend the night pumping the neighbors goat, it shocks the hell out of me. And this comes from the Michael Yon who complains every other post that the military is up and running trying to censor him or not allowing him to access information.
It reeks of upper-crust hypocrisy: For thee but not for me.