Suppress free speech in your country, because we can’t (won’t) control ourselves in ours.
At the heart of Afghan’s instability is a self-righteous, “honor”-obsessed lack of self control on the individual and small community level. There can be no stable society where someone always has to die for something — most of all, for insufficient Sharia in government, for the aim of jihad in all its forms is the imposition of Islamic law. There can be no self-government without self-government; indeed, under these circumstances there can be no government unless the people finally submit to tyranny for the sake of stability. And the Taliban are waiting in the wings to reap the benefit of the instability.
It also contributes to Afghanistan’s prolonged poverty. People who are out indulging in an orgy of furious self-pity are not producing wealth. And in this case, they are destroying it, moving the country that much more backwards, save for more American aid to fix self-inflicted wounds.
By the way, you will want to read Petraeus’ response as quoted below, which appears to validate Afghans’ behavior here, sitting down. “Two killed and dozens hurt in third day of Afghan protests,” by Ismail Sameem for Reuters, April 3:
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) — Two policemen were killed and more than 30 people wounded in the southern city of Kandahar on Sunday during the third day of violent protests across Afghanistan against the burning of a Koran by a radical fundamentalist U.S. pastor, officials said.
Violence at earlier demonstrations claimed more than 20 lives. Ten people were killed and more than 80 wounded in Kandahar on Saturday. Seven foreign U.N. staff and five Afghan protesters were killed on Friday after demonstrators overran an office in normally peaceful Mazar-i-Sharif city in the north.
On Sunday, hundreds of people had marched through Kandahar, toward another U.N. office, on the second day of protests in the city after U.S. preacher Terry Jones had supervised the burning of a copy of the Koran in front of about 50 people at a church in Florida on March 20.
“The information I have is that two policemen have been killed and 20 others, including police, protesters and citizens, have been wounded,” Ahmad Wali Karzai, head of the Kandahar provincial council, told Reuters.
Another 14 people, including two children, were wounded when protesters seized a gas canister taken from a shop and set it on fire, causing an explosion, Zalmay Ayoubi, the spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor said.
There were also peaceful demonstrations in Kabul, western Herat city, Jalalabad city in the east and northern Tahar province, and it initially appeared that Sunday’s march in Kandahar would also finish without incident.
The governor had promised a strong police presence and many of the morning’s demonstrators had drifted away before violence broke out in the early afternoon. […]
Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on Congress to condemn the burning of the Koran and prevent it from happening again.
Karzai made the request at a meeting with U.S. ambassador Karl Eikenberry and General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, the presidential palace said in a statement.
“The American Congress and Senate must condemn this in clear words, show their stance, and prevent such incidents from happening again,” the statement said. […]
On Sunday, Petraeus joined the condemnation being voiced by many other political and religious leaders, urging Afghans to understand only a small number of people had been disrespectful to the Koran and Islam.
“We condemn, in particular, the action of an individual in the United States who recently burned the Holy Koran,” Petraeus said in a statement, which was also signed by NATO’s senior civilian representative, ambassador Mark Sedwill.
“We also offer condolences to the families of all those injured and killed in violence which occurred in the wake of the burning of the Holy Koran,” he said.
No free will implied on the part of the actual participants.
Around 1,000 people blocked the main highway from Kabul to Jalalabad earlier on Sunday and burned U.S. flags.
“We want the preacher who burned the holy Koran to get a severe punishment,” said 20-year-old protester Jalil Ahmad. “He is not a human being, he is a brain-dead animal.” …