April 1st, 2011
11:04 AM ET

U.N. staff killed in Mazar-e Sharif

At least 12 people were killed Friday in an attack on a United Nations building in Afghanistan that followed a demonstration against the reported burning of a Quran in Florida this month, authorities and a U.N. source with knowledge of the events said.

Eight workers for the U.N. and four Afghans were killed, said Abdul Rauof Taj, security director of Bulkh province. At least 24 people were injured, he said.

The attack followed a demonstration against the reported burning of a Quran this month by Florida pastor Terry Jones, who gained international attention last year with his plans to burn a Quran, the U.N. source with knowledge of events said.

Jones is the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. He canceled plans to burn a Quran last year, on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Last month, however, with far less attention than he attracted last year, Jones reportedly burned Islam's holy book.

The church says on its website that it "put the Koran on trial. The event is over, the Koran was found guilty and a copy was burned inside the building."

The attack on Friday happened at the operations center of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in Mazar-e Sharif, said Dan McNorton, a U.N. spokesman.

"The situation is still confusing and we are currently working to ascertain all the facts and take care of all our staff," he said.

Initial indications are that knives and small arms were used in the attack, according to a U.N. spokesman who declined to be named.

The United Nations' special representative to Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, was on his way to Mazar-e Sharif to assess the situation, McNorton said.

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  1. salerno

    Anyway there are a lot of people in Kabul that do not support Afghanistan occupation and want the US -UN foreigners to go home. This is why they killed the UN workers. They are not helping the people, but trying to change them.
    The problem is not just the Quran burning, but the civilian casualties and the occupation wich violates human rights of the afghan people. At least this is what part of the afghan people is thinking and why they are protesting in such violent way.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    yomeyo – you are wrong about Yacobi. She (or he) has a deep knowledge of Christianity and Islam. It is difficopult for you to understand the expression as it is particular.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pamiri

    I want to educate you about what is going on, it was a bad action and completely prohibited in Islam and all other regions to burn a book, if its is Islamic or non Islamic book, as Muslim I respect to all regions and their books and same as this I want to be respected Quran too, and we should be respected each other no matter if we are the same religion or no , but we are human beings.

    About the demonstration I must say the truth that they are not the whole people who live in Afghanistan, because every one has the right to hold demonstration, but peace fully and in a way that you can deliver your vices and concerns to addressees, but not in brutal way like killing of people ( un compound in Mazar Sharif those who were there to help people), burning of markets ( like yesterday in Kandahar demonstrators burned a big Market ) , it is clear behind these all chaos is the hand of Pakistan Taliban Alqaeda and their supporters, which its clear they are not representing all people. The majority of people who live in Afghanistan. Just Taliban and their some seductive supporters do such a brutal and full of violence demonstration.

    The majority of people who live in Afghanistan know that they ANA and ANP even can not tackle small number of demonstrators then how they can control and make sure the security in all the country, as usually we are hearing that Karzai is claiming that they can keep the security after the hand over process to the Afghan forces, but in practice it is impossible , we should know Karzai wants through this hand over the security to Afghan forces to give more moral and power to Taliban Alqaeda and their supporters , therefore, Karzai is trying to return back country to the stone age ( Taliban time ) then that would be an irreparable compensations not for people who live in Afghanistan but also for the all world and region. We are well aware of Taliban’s brutality and barbarism when they were in Kabul, except killing and destroying Taliban do not know any thing else.

    From Kabul

    April 4, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rob

    This is just a book, nothing more. Not a bit worse than burning our flag. Free speech and all that. These fools who get all upset about this are morons. We should get out of all muslim countries in the middle east and support Israel with all we have. No more financial aid for any muslim folks. Keep our money at home and don't buy?trade any more oil or other items from these countries. Let them peddle their products elsewhere. Also refuse any admission to the US for any of these folks and revoke any Visas for those currently in the US and send them home. Why put up with this garbage?

    April 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. polly

    I think that people may be over analyzing the situation a little bit

    if this protest had happened in saudi arabia or even in iran, I would be very surprised

    but it didn't, instead in happened in a country where, accoring to human rights watch, the United States is killing 50 cizillians accidentally for every 1 taliban bomber for the past 10 years. just 5 days ago NATO admitted to accidentally killing 7 cizillians again durring an air strike

    now If you take all of that into consideration, you'll probably find that starting an anti-american/ anti- west protest in Afghanistan would not be all that hard

    April 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      polly – thank you for your comment, as it is supporting my point. I totally agree.

      April 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dindy


    April 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      I am agree with you what you are stated,
      According the news from ground there were protestors in Mazar just they wanted to go in front of the gate of UNAMA there , to declare their statements against the action that one person did in usa, but in the same times Taliban interfered there figures in people secretly and attacked on un office in Mazar, which was very bad tragedy, This barbarian Taliban Aqaeda killed those innocent people who were there to help the country. We can not say all the outsiders have had bad action against Holly Quran, if some one did that in usa, it is not representing all outsiders.
      Through this site I express my condolence to the families of victims, god bless them,

      From Kabul

      April 3, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • yomeyo

      You're a m0ron. Humanity has no known truth. We are all inevitably evil. I have researched what else you have written all over the INTERNET. You use some pretty harsh language, and include some science and history (which I GUESS YOU MADE UP) to drive a point (YOU ALSO MADE UP).

      You people of islam are being lied to. You are unable to enjoy the fruit of life, and instead live to die.

      You are willing to gamble death, for what you know, JUST BECAUSE YOU WERE RAISED a certain way?

      Why were YOU born the way you were? Not even a muslim would take you seriously. Were you abused to the point you lost the ability to RATIONIZE?

      You are a religious nut. You wish to believe something that is not, or rather has not so. And so you blaim hindus? and jews? Your replies don't even make sense. It's funny you blame parisees and sanatan.

      Stop this 360 truth, you stupid barking dog. Noone is buying your emotional bull.-

      April 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • yomeyo

      Am I really the one who is being ignorant?

      You have not given me one bit of proof for your religious connections?

      Hinduism originated in Egypt? Are you sure? Where is your proof?

      Where do you get this "Deceptive paganism" from.

      But the minute someone says anything about Islam, you say: "you are being ignorant" ?

      April 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      They were bad men and women as part of the UN, a coalition of forces invading Afghanistan and killing people.

      April 5, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dan from Chicago, IL

    The Arab youth, poor and oppressed are now understanding that democracy will provide them their God given rights of freedom and dignity that will allow them to express their own thoughts of the way people should handle the problems that we all go through in life and not just have some dictator, autocrat, or theocratic rulers oppress them or kill them when they dissent against their corrupt and inhumane way of treating the people let alone getting rich off of them.

    April 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. salerno

    Even a bad action like burning the Quran can have a positive effect as some intruders were killed. Afghan people is tired to be oppressed as they were bombed since over 100 years ago by the British, the Soviets, by Clinton in 1998-9, and now by the US-Nato again.

    April 2, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      As much of animals that these Islamic radicals are it is no why! It will go on for centuries more until they can behave like human beings!

      April 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Take your pill, idiot.

        April 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BJ


    Since you feel so strongly about your subject, why don't you check out "Cause and Effect," because the words you are spewing here is a great example. Developing skills of Peace Negotiation is the only thing that will eventually bring peace to the earth and that won't happen for many more generations.

    However, the natural disasters that are occuring at this moment happens every 5,125 years. I think before long, we will all have a different view of what love and compassion are....I hope you look into this... a good site is from author Greg Braden, very intelligent man...

    April 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      BJ – I know the law of cause and effect, so U do not need to read what you suggested. I told many times that violence of the americans will bring violence to them as a reaction. I agree on negotiation, but this must include the enemy, the Taliban, otherwise it is useless. You cannot negotiate with your friends, you have to do it with the enemy.

      April 2, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. BJ

    The words we use have power, energy! Universal Laws are applied to everything we think and do...please, research Universal Laws and let us try as a World Unit to attempt to reverse some of the evils of past history has caused.

    Evil exist everywhere, but so does good, each moment we are given the gift to choose what we wish to create. Terry Jones choose hate, and in turn, it rippled across to take the lives of innocent people by those who decide to hate. Sorry, but there is evil in every culture, every nation. This should be taught not only in homes, but every child should know these Universal Laws. This is not Religion. This is how energy works....knowledge is power...please take time to give it a chance, read it with an open mind. Also, please quit blaming Muslims, that is not true, they died in 9/11 also. Each religion has a right to have a place to worship, if others are threatened by it, then the Universe is bringing it right to their front door, reflecting their own inner fears. This is called the Law of "Cause and Effect." Read it, please.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • trinity Christian hindu

      "you need not to continue with your hinduism (ignorance)"

      who put this blithering fool in charge?

      April 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cmsvmom

    This guy is really not much of a church. It is a used furniture store with cult slave labor benefitting the two pastors. They want the attention, now they have it again. They want money and notoriety. The federal, state, and local governments need to take a serious look at their tax exempt status. They do not function like regular churches in this regard. IT is a tax dodge for a furniture business that lines their pockets. Hate is so profitable these days.

    April 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    My take is send the good Pastor to Pakistan. I feel he is personally responsible for the death's of those people because he knew what would happen the last time he tried to do it. It's almost as if he knew he was swatting a hornets nest from his nice and comfy church; meanwhile our soldiers (I've served 20 years in the service) have to face the wave of outrage that ignorant bafoon created.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Dave...well written.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • BJ


      Thank you for your years of service to our country. I don't think a lot of people understand how these careless actions can effect those who are on the front lines.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Dave, thank you for your service to America and, in effect, for the freedoms that we have. This is what you fought for. Freedom of our speech to say and do as we feel is true to one's beliefs. Our troops fight that we may have this freedom.

      Those protesting and killing in Afghanistan against what this man did, do so because they seek to stop us from having this freedom. They are the culpirts. Not this man. He's killed no one. Controversal as it is, he expressed himself as freely as any of us should be able to do so, without the fear of violent retaliation against us, or our fellow Americans, or any people.

      I so hope we, as a free people, can realize it is the violent way of these protesters against freedom of thought and speech that we indeed should fight, and die for.

      Again thank you Dave for your service. Only keep in mind why you serve and risk so much. It is to protect this man; along with all people of the world who embrace freedom.

      April 2, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mouth Breather

    salamee has confessed to being a PROUD DESERTER. Check it out on some of the older threads here. Not making it up.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. c roa

    we are a country with many religions and many leaders of each how do we calm the people of annother country of a primarily muslim belief that we are really looking out for thier general safety ? no just one mans stupidity ?

    April 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. c roa

    but because of one fringe religeous leaders wreckless act of burning the coran innocent people were killed and or beheaded , and country and all its different people condemed by one pait stroke ?
    arent we just as guilty by saying all islamic countrie are the same ?

    April 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. SomeNameHere

    Of course the killing of UN workers as retaliation to nutcase Terry Jones' provocation is horrible. But many of you know that a lot of the religious fanatics in Afghanistan etc have 4th Century mentalities and you can't expect to change their mentalilty by inciting riots. Just leave them alone.

    Nutcase Terry Jones and many others know darn well that they would react in this manner so why incite their violence Terry Jones? Just to prove you have freedom of speech regardless of the implications? Just to promote your nutcase brand of fundamentalism?

    For shame. Terry Jones should be prosecuted for inciting these murders. Terry Jones does not represent the Christianity I once knew.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCelt

      I agree. He knew DAMN well what he was going to cause. Blood is on his hands.. What an idiot. And. I am guessing it is going to get really ugly before it gets better. lot of copy cats.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • antibaboon

      so an idiot burnt their book. they murder 7 or 8 non related foregners in indignation. and u accuse the idiot.
      so every time they burn our flag we should kill a few dozen muslims somehere in the world and itll be the flag burners fault (ps lets do so even if tehy burn french flag)

      April 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Sorry man, we draw the line on the French flag.

        April 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        antibaboon...good question. This incident must have done by Taliban. They want to kill someone and see blood. When they cant catch any US troops ...they went and killed these foreigners thinking that they are spying about them.

        April 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The difference is that Afghanistan is a country occupied by foreigners, so they did very well to kill them.

        April 2, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • BJ

      I wondering if you aren't onto something here, remember when Sarah Palin did the Target List on Gifford? Very similiar.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  17. MoHam

    Afghan once was a great Hindu country, now it is hell hole on the earth. For anybody who thinks that this cannot/does not happen in US/any modern country think again. Learn the threat/tactics of Islam in
    FaithFreedom OR JihadWatch

    April 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCelt

      I am sending this link out again, because it does support your comments. This was on TV not too long ago. this is about EXTREMIST Islam, not peace loving Islam. but chck out this link

      This link shows the Father of extremism, Grand Mufti and his connection back in 1940's with Hitler and their plan to take care of what he called the "jewish problem" on the penninsula.


      THOSE LINKS are VERY important and people should really look and open their eyes, cuz we are at a point where we may not be able to recover. You will notice the same brain washing of kids and video's side by side of hitler youth and extremist youth doing that whole nazi salute. It is scary because I dont think the world has the guts enough to stand up and stop this crap.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCelt

      Yack-o-bite you truely are an uneducated pig. Swine.. I am not Hindu, but even if I was, I sure as hell wouldnt be so narrorow minded as your dumbazz as too think that your religion is the only true religion. What do you think the worlds religion was 700+ years ago before your prophet came.. Go read a book moron.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • john q


      April 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mouth Breather

      We all will address you as we please and as you richly deserve. Go eat some pork.


      if you begin to address US with civil discourse and respect, forsaking your ludicrous (code), we will return the courtesy.

      Decent manners CAN work to your advantage but I do not think you have the integrity or substance to rise to a higher standard.

      April 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Mohammad is the false prophet that leads many astray and in the end will burn for eternity like the rest of the sadistic animals who follow his ways of hatred, mistreatment, maiming and murdering of others who do not follow in their beliefs!

      April 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. RUSeriuos

    What a wonderful country we live in. We have the right to burn a book to illustrate our convictions. How sad, though, that a person that is supposed to be living and teaching in Jesus' name does not live by Jesus' example. Mr. Jones knew burning the Quran would enrage many. Nothing justifies the murder that took place in Afganistan, but why enrage when there are better ways of demonstrating? His actions and the results of his actions provide me with the intelligence that religion is the root of all evil.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      No, the problem is US occupation in muslim countries.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mouth Breather

        You would whine and complain and disparage IF YOU GOT EVERYTHING YOU WANT. You'd STILL COMPLAIN.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The americans are complaining.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mouth Breather

        A predictable evasion. My point was about YOU, stupid.

        April 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        My point is about you, stupid ! Americans are complaining, so why are they enlisting in the military and supporting terrorism ?

        April 2, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • MadCelt

      I agree with you. He inflamed a whole religion which also includes all the extremist nut jobs that are going to use this as an excuse to push ahead their rotten agenda on innocent people.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Burning the Quran was not good. yet these lost of UN workers has a different plan of Taliban. They may worry after US leave that the UN peace corps will come to their country. So they want to chase both.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jack

    I think the whole affair is testimony that the human race is really not much more than monkeys. Intelligent design? I think not!

    April 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kaffir

    muslims true colors coming out, violent animals.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Violent animals are those invading Afghanistan.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Once again Salami, if the ARAB world had taken care of its own in both IRAQ and Afghanistan you would not have us so called "Crusaders". Your always the 1st too beach, but yet there you were all crying for the U.S.A to get involved in Libya. We should just have let all the arab world kill each other and stay the fook out of it. Not worth one drop of ANY of our blood !

        April 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        We are colonizers. We put in place puppets governments after colonialism to steal their oil. When AlQaeda tried to change those dictatorships and regimes, we fought against AlQaeda, instead of helping them. This is why we got 9/11.

        April 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hindu WISE man

        Is it just me or did the so called "logic" of salamies post fall completely apart?

        April 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        In the eightees AlQaeda twas planning to overcome Mubaraq to free the Egypt, but the US arrested 4 members in Albany. So Bin Laden bombed the US embassies in Africa, Clinton bombed Sudan and Afghanistan and Bin Laden reacted with 9/11. This is the cronology.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Salerno, you seem to have a pretty good understanding of the history of Al Qaeda. Nice. The next knock on your door... Enjoy Gitmo buddy..

        April 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Madcelt – you idiot. This is the story and nothing can change it.

        April 2, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Your Father

      Mr. Kaffir what are you talking about mr.colorless. what about those Bustards who killed innocent children in afghanistan just for fun...where was your comments at that time. what about that animal who cant dare to fight muslims face to face and instead does such a coward action. burning the HOLY BOOK OF HUMANITY inside a building...this is just the start...you will be witnessed

      April 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCelt

      Your a sick SOB you know that?

      April 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCelt

      You and your fooken Hindu bullshyt are getting old. ever hear of Black Jack Pershing.. Go read what he did in middle east during WW1. You need to go drink so Pig blood you dog

      April 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. William

    This is why it needs to be ok to shoot at "peaceful" protesters. 12 people dead for nothing and a peace loving Swede to boot. Blast those illiterate maggots!

    April 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCelt

      Waste of human life caused by IGNORANCE. And a dirtpile of a country to try and bring democracy. At some point they either have to stand up for themselves if they really want it, or leave them .

      April 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      They did very well to kill the intruders. They do not like US democracy, US customs, US occupation.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Ya they are very good at killing innocent people arent they. Real Fooken brave when it is someone without the ability to defend themselves. Notice they hide look rats whenever they are faced by anyone with a weapon. Bunch of chicken shyt cowards. Hopefully they have gotten used to the heat in that desert. Cuz the next life... It is going to be a WHOLE LOT HOTTER !!!

        April 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        UN workers are not innocent, they are part of the occupation and collaborate with the US.

        April 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Salami, maybe you need to go back to your crack pipe. Cuz the garbage your spewing.. Nobody on this blog is buying. Also, go read up on the charter of NATO and maybe you can contribute something to this blog other then ignorance and hatred.

        April 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I don't need to read anything to know that Afghanistan is occupied.

        April 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Salami, thats just part of the problem. Lack of education and ignorance. you would rather be lead by someone versus pick up a book and educate yourself to be a LEADER. It is always easy to blame someone else for your own short comings and ignorance.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I am here to educate the americans as they are ignorant (especially the military personnel). USA is not present in the 20 first countries for education.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Look lads, im guessing that your living in the United States of America enjoying all the benefits of tax payers paying your way, where YOU and YOUR families are allowed to attend the very universities I pay taxes for but cant afford to send my own kids there. That you and your familiy are on food stamps, assisted section 8 living and getting pay outs from Social Security even though you have probably never Paid a DIME. So your enjoying the very quality of life that you do not deserve but yet you have the fooken nerve to critisize the very country that is giving you all this for free. Do us all a favor and GO the HELL BACK !!!! We allow you into our country, but if the rolls were reveresed and there was not war or conflict would YOU ALLOW us to come live. Im Guessing NO !! So GO home and stop trying to play with the big boys. Your filth your spewing gives you away God Bless America. and lets get the hell out of them Dirt Hole Countries and not put one more penny into those SOB's corrupt pockets..

        April 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Madcelt – SHUT UP IIDIOT ! My father was invited in US to teach at the University. If you cannot pay it is your problem, but probably it will be useless as your sons having your DNA will be unable to learn anything.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Salami, Go back home ! That filth you spew is better sounding in the desert with all the rest of the snakes and scorpions.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Idiot , I am protected by US laws and you must respect and obey.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      This incident has done to provoke anger against Afghan innocent civilian . So they killed UN workers. So people will forget humanitarian work but getting anger and hate and frustration with all the good they did. This is the Devil"S act and style. Destruction, frustration are his words and acts. PLEASE .....ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT IN BATTLE FIELDS RAISE THE NAME OF GOD AND HIS ANGELS ... NOT THE NAMES OF TROUBLES BUT RAISE THE NAME OF GOD ALMIGHTY. DO NOT RAISE THE NAME OF DEVIL OR HIS ACTS. OF COURSE IT IS A TERRIBLE LOSS. YET THEY DIED WHILE DOING GOOD AND MAY THEY REST IN PEACE IN THEIR ETERNAL HOME.!!!PRAYERS WORK .DO NOT LOOSE FAITH. BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT DEVIL WANTS US TO BE. DETERMINE TO PRAISE AND RAISE THE NAME OF GOD ALL THE EVIL WILL MELT DOWN WHEN WE RAISE THE NAME OF GOD AND KEEP HIS NAME ON PRAISES!!

      April 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. MadCelt

    To salerno You and that Terry Jones guy belong together. Two idiots !!

    April 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. salerno

    Terry Jones did a better job than Bin Laden to push muslims to jihad. I think it is not the problem of the burned Quran. This may be the occasion, but there are deeper motivations for the violence. Afghanistan is under US occupation and civilians, including women and children are killed by the US military on a regular basis. For sure someone took the occasion to make a revenge.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Nathan

    Let’s blame the pastor!
    He burned the Koran.
    Can they just burn a bible, instead of killing people?
    Apparently not.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • john q

      I'd happily ship them a whole box full of Bibles to do whatever that want with if it would get them to relax a little.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        Truly. They need SOME kind of therapy to help them unclench a little.

        April 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Killing people is better than burning a book, especially if they are intruders.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        What utter filth you spew.

        April 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • MadCelt

        Maybe if you took care of your own business, there would be no reason for US to have to come over and clean up your garbage in that dried out desert country.. Keep your Fooken OIL.. We have not seen one drop of it. We are just paying the price (and some paying the ultimate price) to allow people like you the right to freedom. That country has come out of the Stone Age because of NATO and the United States of America. So next time you spew your filth, maybe you need to go back to where you came from. America.. Love It or get the HELL OUT !!!

        April 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        Thank you from a MacKenzie.

        April 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Madcelt – No you go out. Westboro Baptist Church slogan was "Thank God for the Dead soldiers". We have speech freedom and I will use it.

        April 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • carye

        It's not ok to kill people. Any people: Afghans or UN workers or people on death row.

        I agree that the Koran burning was almost like an excuse. There is so much anger built up. Humans, I see it happen all the time, where a person is helpless to fight what really is the torment & so rage over a smaller issue. It comes from a feeling of powerlessness, & fear. It is a pretty unhealthy way to take control over one's own destiny.

        April 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        carye – afghans are protecting themselves and their country. UN workers are intruders. If they occupied my house, I would kill them.

        April 7, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  25. Trätoffel

    Sweden hates Terry Jones

    April 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • john q

      Good for you in joining the rest of the world, Sweden. Just don't chop any heads off because of it, mmkay?

      April 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  26. john q

    You people saying one guy, however ignorant, is responsible for the acts of equally ignorant people half a world away just don't get the concept of freedom.

    If anyone other than that ignorant mob is responsible then it should be the UN for not providing adequate security in the event an ignorant mob shows up at the door. The guards at the UN compound probably were refused live ammunition due to the UN's squeamishness in the face of reality.

    There comes a point when reason should overcome political correctness. I think we're at that point now. The ridiculousness of the reaction to the burning of a stupid book is beyond measure. Some people should wake up and smell the 21st century.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Giovanni

    What strange timing... just as we get involved in Libya, another Muslim country, Mr Jones burns a Koran.
    I know this sounds paranoid and far fetched, but I wonder if Pastor Jones is acting alone. Either he is the biggest criminal hate-mongering fool in America... or someone, an Iranian or Al-Qaeda agent (or the CIA or Israel or the KGB lol), infiltrated his entourage and is encouraging him to cause strife between Christians and Muslims all over the world.
    It's a little hard to believe someone could be so stupid... I hope he realizes his life is in danger now.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. robinhood82

    Terry Jones is now officially a murderer.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • john q

      Wait...I thought the murderers were the grown, supposedly civilized men who mobbed up, stormed a compound, killed some guards and beheaded a couple of people?

      How is burning a book murder?

      April 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • robinhood82

        They attacked the western world on sep 11th. I joined up and attacked them. Now if they burned the bible id gladly go back and hand it to them again. but for a fat man to burn their holy book knowing we are dealing with people who will kill anyone that dishonor their book and still he burns the book. Well that makes him responsible for the reprocussion.

        April 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • john q

      Actually, it doesn't. I'd happily concede the point if you could open a law book and show me I'm wrong.

      I joined and did the same and will head over again soon. It still doesn't change my conviction. Any society or culture that justifies the beheading of a human being for a book burning just doesn't, and shouldn't, have a place in the 21st century world.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • robinhood82

        Well can you tell me what you are fighting for then? If its not in the belief of religion. Regarding the law book, what law are you talking about? The muslims dont care about the american or any western law. They have their own and in their law they have the right to do this. So yet again an ignorant american has caused so many innocent people to die, just for some PR in teh news.

        April 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Refuge Denied

    People beheaded in a country because someone in another country burned a book ? Wouldn't the proper retaliation be to burn a Bible or two? What about when these countries burn the US flag? Should the US citizens retaliate and start killing people in that country's embassy? Of course there won't be any retaliation on the part of the UN. They will just accept it. I just don't understand that culture of rabid wild dogs.

    I truly feel for the families that have just lost loved ones in this senseless atrocity.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mouth Breather

      Agree. Well stated. I think we are having to endure a cultural tantrum that has not run its course yet.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • john q

      Excuse me, sir. Your religious euphemisms seem to be getting in the way of your ability to communicate a well-thought idea. I'm wondering if your religious zealotry also gets in the way of well-thought thoughts too. I'm guessing that's a big yes.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mouth Breather

      YAY! THANK YOU John Q! Extremely well stated! Precise communication! What a gift!

      April 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      UN worlers are intruders in Afghanistan and are allowed in the country by the US occupation.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      You need time to understand Yacoby.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mouth Breather

      yakoobbee needs to join the human race and engage in civil, logical, reasonable discourse. If he has a point to make, he continues to fail because of his pretentiousness and self involved twaddle.

      Tell him to step up and be a man of quality and integrity. One who communicates with clarity and thoughtfulness. (I bet that'll happen real soon.....)

      April 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Mouth – you are wrong- Probably Yacobi is a woman, even if this could be a surprise for you.

      April 2, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  30. GG

    Agreed that the Pastor in Florida is an idiot. However, one person's claim that the Holy Koran justifies violence provokes an angry mob to murder 8 innocent people, beheading two of them? Does this not play into the hands of Terry Jones and prove his point?
    The actions of this mob and the horrible crimes they have committed in the name of Allah should be causing world wide protests from all Muslims to claim back their religion and show the error of this ignorant mob.
    The so-called Preacher should be ignored.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      I've asked this question before, as well.

      Where ARE the "moderates" and why are they not raising hell about these murderous actions? If they are truly against this kind of thing why are we not hearing from them?

      April 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • john q

      You're barfing out that religious mumbo jumbo again. You should get some help for that. I recommend Bertrand Russell's "Why I am Not a Christian" to start with. Most of the discourse has to go with Christianity (which is what you're referring to, not Hindi) but I think the concepts apply across the theist spectrum.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. lorraine

    the pastor should be charged with manslaughter. and America needs to wake up and put anti hate laws in place, as we have in europe and which would have made his actions illegal.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • robinhood82

      Absolutely agree. People like Terry Jones is so ignorant about anything that happens in the world. This man is a disgrace.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Refuge Denied

      But you don't think these middle eastern countries need to wake up and put anti hate laws in place? I think most posters are missing the big picture. One man in a country on the opposite side of the world burned a book. At least 8 lives were taken by an angry mob in another country because a book was burned. Those VICTIMS had nothing to do with the book burning.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • john q

      Freedom of speech, however abhorrent and ignorant, is legal in the US.

      Murder, however, is pretty much outlawed everywhere. Including Afghanistan.

      You seem to be confusing the two.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jason

    What the pastor did was stupid and wrong yes, but it does not justify killing innocent people. The murders are the ones ultimately to blame and should be the focus.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Precisely. thank you.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      The killing was justified not by Jones, but by the occupation of the country and the killing of afghan people.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Ulrik M

    Yeah the Pastor is a retard, but the blame is on the crowd who committed the act. According to danish media, the U.N staff was beheaded... This is Mogadishu once again, we are fighting animals...

    April 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mouth Breather

      Thank you. Agree and well put.

      Murder is a voluntary act carried out with will full intent. The person who commits the act is the one responsible for their actions.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Ignore the (y) poster (troll). He'd have us live in a police state and take away all freedoms. No wait, he'd have us murdered first.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • john q

        Yeah but this troll is such a great counterpoint to normal, civil logic. His posts more or less make my points for me. I'm prodding him a bit to keep him spouting. It's nigh irresistible.

        April 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        Yeah, I totally get you. I do that too. He unwittingly makes my points, over and over again. I guess I keep poking him out of morbid curiosity. (shame on me!) But pulling his strings does have a certain entertainment value. His responses are SO predictable.

        April 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        See the twit and his twaddle on the Bush thread.

        April 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • john q

      Let's humor you for a second; "beast that commits..." would be the ignorant guy who burned the book. In your view, shouldn't he be the one to pay with his, uh, head? What do the eight guys at the UN compound have to do with that?

      It seems your logic, or lack thereof, is doubly removed from normal, civil reality.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. twiddly

    Yep, that idiot pastor in Florida has blood on his hands now.
    I wish someone would behead that ignoramus!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • john q

      You are wishing that someone be murdered? Haven't we seen enough of that today?

      April 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Eric

    I have the same question.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  36. Steve

    Why does this report not mention the reason behind the original demonstration? The burning of the Quran by an American pastor .... so the actions of one bigoted unrepresentative Christian causes the deaths of people (including Christians perhaps) trying to build peace in Afghanistan. The deaths are awful, but the ultimate blame is on the US pastor. How does he justify that???

    April 1, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • john q

      Ultimate blame, I would think, would be the ignorant mob who pulled the triggers and swung the swords.

      Freedom of speech is not an offense in the US.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • c roa

      yes but how dou calm a country of fervent mouslems that we have an idiot in our midst ?

      April 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |