A murderer found his excuse. As with the rampages reported earlier, such incidents would not happen without pre-existing dysfunction within the society: the inclination and the understanding that it would be ok to kill, or to destroy property, or generally to wallow in collective rage in the event of certain insults or offenses. This is not the making of stable self-government, because self-government depends on the government of the self, not on looking for excuses, on the individual, community, societal, and governmental level.
Does murdering two people un-burn the Qur’ans? No. But it is not ultimately about the Qur’ans. “2 U.S. troops killed in Koran backlash,” by Tucker Reals for CBS News, February 23:
(CBS News) Two U.S. troops have been shot to death and four more wounded by an Afghan solider who turned his gun on his allies in apparent anger over the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, an Afghan official tells CBS News.
A statement from the International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan, the international coalition in the country, confirmed that two troops were killed in Eastern Afghanistan on Thursday by “an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform.”
ISAF does not typically give the nationality of casualties until family members have been notified, but the CBS News source in the Afghan government said those killed and injured in the attack in the Khogyani district of the eastern Ningarhar province along the border with Pakistan were Americans.
The source also said the shooting appeared to be motivated by the burning of Korans at the sprawling U.S. Bagram air base, north of Kabul, but he did not provide additional details as to what led him to that conclusion….
We have seen enough of these cases that it may also be simply the excuse du jour.