Reports out of Afghanistan say at least 12 people were killed today when a United Nations building was attacked in Kabul. The attack followed protests against last month’s publicity stunt by Florida Pastor Terry Jones in which the Quran was placed on trial, found guilty, and “executed” by being soaked in kerosene and set on fire.
Much like the fallout from the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords earlier this year, the blame game has begun. After the Giffords shooting, the accusatory fingers were pointed at Sarah Palin. Today, Terry Jones is the target.
The people guilty of today’s senseless killings are those who committed them. Whether Jones shares in the moral responsibility for those deaths is not for us to judge. But what’s certain (and what he simply doesn’t get) is that Jones’ hateful rhetoric and actions are not helping. So, Terry, for next time, keep in mind that when there’s a fire burning, you don’t show up to put it out with a bucket full of gasoline.