Essentially, they appear to be looking at the irrational and lethal fit of anger gripping Afghanistan and saying “Look at what you made us do!”
There is no sense of personal responsibility or free will not to throw a tantrum, more or less as if one had poked a beehive with a stick. Therein lies a fundamental source of instability, and therefore, poverty in Afghanistan and elsewhere: wrath and pride made sacrosanct.
No one will build or invest if it’s all just going to go up in flames the next time someone gets insulted.
By terming the incident “incitement,” the enemies of free speech at the OIC signal their likelihood to leverage it in its supremacist jihad against freedom of speech, expression, and conscience. “OIC Condemns Quran Burning by US Troops in Afghanistan,” from Iran’s Fars News Agency, February 24 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu deplored the burning of the Holy Quran by the US forces in Afghanistan, and called for swift action to punish those responsible for the provocative act.
In a statement on Thursday, Ihsanoglu described the incident as a “deplorable act of incitement”, and said that the act runs “contrary to the common efforts of the OIC and that of the international community “¦to combat intolerance, and incitement to hatred based on religion and belief.”
The statement also called on “the concerned authorities to take swift and appropriate disciplinary action against those responsible.”
Also on Thursday, US President Barack Obama sent a letter to his Afghan counterpart, apologizing for the acts of desecration.
The developments came as anti-US demonstrations are underway across Afghanistan over the burning of the Holy Quran at the US Airbase.
Media reports said that at least twenty Afghans have been killed since the beginning of protests on Tuesday.
Note the use of passive voice to sidestep discussion of how they died.