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|Thu, 09-09-2010 - 2:50pm|
The world is succumbing to fear again. Years ago 19 guys with box cutters hijacked and flew planes into buildings. There was a collective worldwide freak out, a couple of wars were started, and a security/surveillance state grew nearly out of control. Those 19 guys with box cutters have gotta' be giggling in their fiery eternity (or while they're enjoying their virgins - whatever) over the OVER THE TOP reaction to a cowardly religious leader claiming that he simply MUST burn some Korans to teach somebody (who?) a lesson about something. Now, this has gotten out of control, and I blame the media for hawking this story. Today Intepol issued warnings:
Interpol warning on Koraan burning
September 10, 2010 - 2:44AM
The global police agency Interpol has warned that if a US church group makes good on a threat to burn copies of the Koran it will probably trigger terrorist attacks across the world.
Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble said on Thursday he had warned member states: "If the proposed Koran burning ... goes ahead as planned, there is a strong likelihood that violent attacks on innocent people would follow.
"Although there are currently no specific details as to what forms of terror attacks would follow, what is clear is - if the Koran burning goes ahead as planned - there will be tragic consequences," he said in a statement.
A small church group in Florida is planning to mark the September 11 anniversary of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington by burning copies of Islam's holy book.
The threat has received worldwide condemnation and provoked warnings from the group's own US government and experts around the world that the insult to Islam could provoke bloodshed.
Interpol has forwarded its 188 member states a warning from Pakistan's interior minister, Rehman Malik, of likely reprisals, and said it had expressed its own concern while asking police forces to pool information.
"September 11 is a day when the world should come together to redouble our efforts to prevent and fight terrorism," Noble said.
He warned any burning would "give terrorists propaganda intended to convert September 11 from a day of remembrance, to one of recruitment for terrorists and others inspired to attack the US and other Western targets."
The agency said its 24-hour command centre in the central French city of Lyon would be "on alert ... to treat with urgency any information related to potential criminal conduct linked to the burning of the Koran.">>>
Why are the news media giving this pastor such coverage? Why are we rolling up the sidewalks (so to speak) in fear of the repercussions of the Koran burning?