Terry Jones has blood on his hands today. Jones is pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, where the Quran was burned after being “tried” by Jones and his church in a mock court. The Quran was found “guilty” and, after being soaked in kerosene, was burned. News of the event trickled out in the media, and went little noticed by the Western press.
But it did not go unnoticed in the Muslim world. Today an Afghan mob, angered by news of the burning of the Quran at Jones’s church, attacked a United Nations office in Afghanistan today killing as many as 20 UN workers, and setting fire to buildings in the UN compound.
Terry Jones was warned this would happen when he held the world’s attention last year as he threatened to burn the Quran on 9/11. Jones sowed the wind and the world is reaping the whirlwind.
But, of course, Jones is unapologetic. The LA Times reported, “In an email statement released Friday, Jones did not say why he changed his mind yet again. He condemned the violence in Afghanistan, calling it “a very tragic and criminal action,” and called on the U.S. government and United Nations to “call these people to justice.”
Jones, of course, takes no responsibility for these deaths, and for the unrest his actions have provoked.