Like NATO, the UN must know full well that it is validating a process which, for many of its backers, can only rightly end through retribution in blood, and even that will not be the end.
It will never be enough, because the response is not rational in the first place (41 dead at last count), and therefore has no rational end point.
"Qur’an burners ‘should be punished’," by Amie Ferris-Rotman for Reuters, March 1:
The UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, called at a press conference on Thursday for the US military to take disciplinary action against those who burned Korans at Bagram air base.
US President Barack Obama and other top American officials have apologiesed [sic] for the incident.
More than 30 people were killed in subsequent protests about the Koran buying.
Six Isaf soldiers have also been killed in the last week, apparently in revenge for the burning of the Korans.
"After the first step of a profound apology, there must be a second step of disciplinary action," Mr Kubis said.
On Saturday, an Afghan policeman killed two US advisors inside the Afghan Ministry of Interior Ministry. The attack has raised questions about Nato's strategy of replacing large combat units with advisers as the alliance tries to wind down the war.
After the attack Nato withdraw its staff from Afghan government institutions.
But a US military spokesman Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings said that the Gen. John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, approved the return of selected personnel.
He could not elaborate which ministries were involved, but an Afghan official said some had returned to a department setting up a government-run security force that will guard international development projects.
The UN Special Representative for Afghanistan also said: "I know that the majority of the people of Afghanistan would like to see peaceful developments in the future. Let's not allow the spoiler of the peace to misuse the legitimate religious sentiments of the people of Afghanistan and to turn this against these glimpses of hope as far as peace and reconciliation process is concerned.""Let's not forget that peace process does not mean a return back to ten years ago, it means to build on these achievements of the past ten years," he added.