Five years ago a report in NEWSWEEK that guards at the Guantánamo Bay prison had mishandled a Quran, an item that the magazine quickly retracted as being inaccurate, touched off days of anti-U.S. rioting in Afghanistan that left 15 dead, dozens injured, and several American aid offices burned to the ground. But that emotional response may pale in comparison to what may happen if pastor Terry Jones follows through on his threats to throw Qurans into a bonfire at his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., this Saturday, Sept. 11.
Really excellent piece from Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau, on how Afghans view the proposed Quran burnings
This is a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan, or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities. And so, I just hope that - he says he’s someone who is motivated by his faith? I hope he listens to those better angels and understands that this is a destructive act that he’s engaging in.
President Obama, remarking on the Florida pastor who is planning to burn Qur’ans on 9/11, on Good Morning America (via inothernews)