Personally I do not see why burning a book is stupid. They are just pages bound together. The message the book contains is found elsewhere , in other bounded pages.
It seems to me as if it's like throwing a pebble at a pond in which you see the moon and some religion that worships the moon cries out YOU DESTROYED OUR MOON IN THAT POND!!! But no. It's just a reflection. The moon still exists, just as the word of Allah still exists in other pages.
Maybe I'm a fringe here on this one.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress might need to explore the need to limit some forms of freedom of speech, in light of Tennessee pastor Terry Jones’ Quran burning, and how such actions result in enabling U.S. enemies.
"I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war," Graham told CBS' Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” Sunday.
And there you have a classic example of how warfare abroad can curtail liberties at home. Koran burning is obviously a disgusting act of disrespect and incivility. But that very kind of act is what the First Amendment is designed to protect. And we should also remember that this war has no end, and that therefore the liberties taken away by wartime are permanently taken away.
Is burning a pop up book hate speech towards children of a certain age group?
Hey, What about if I set a basket of panty hoses on fire? Would that be hate speech against every female on the planet? Would a pack of feminists go out into a mens dressing room and murder them all because I burned them?
It is part of a decent upbringing that you're supposed to know that rights come with responsibilities.
"I don't think we should be blaming any Afghan," Mr de Mistura said. "We should be blaming the person who produced the news - the one who burned the Koran. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from offending culture, religion, traditions." (Source.)
Good bye Mr. de Mistura. You are unworthy to represent the UN.
A description of the event itself:
"STORMING THE BUNKER
The office was relatively empty because only a small group had gone into work on Friday, the Afghan weekend.
The four who were in the compound fled into the bunker when they heard the walls had been breached, but it had been built to withstand shrapnel from a bomb blast, not a sustained assault.
"The bunker is made for sustaining attacks by bombs, suicide bombers, not by a crowd of people with hammers or whatever they could find, so they were able to enter the door," de Mistura said.
When the attackers broke through the head of the mission, a Russian who spoke fluent Dari, stepped forward to try and draw attention to himself. He hoped three others cowering in darkness would not be noticed, but they were dragged out and killed.
"He tried to draw their attention on him, he hoped they would think there was no one else left," de Mistura said, adding that the mob went in with lamps and searched them out.
"One of my three colleagues was shot by a handgun and was wounded, and one of the infiltrators used a knife to kill him, but did not behead him," de Mistura said, responding to Afghan police reports that two staff members had been beheaded.
The Russian survived by claiming to be a Muslim."
You're so right Mistura should pour more oil on the fire. His first priority is not the safety of UN workers and trying to calm the situation. No it is confirmation for those brave American defenders of free speech at some 12000 km flying distance.