If journalists were better at their job, then this wouldn't have happened...
I am sorry, but that's a bad defense. The guy shouldn't burn holy books of any religion. He is a religious leader... he should pray for the troops, not put them in danger, and he show everybody in his community the kindness and love of Christ equally.
What I don't get is why Pastor Jones burned the Koran not once, but twice. He had said after the first time that the Koran had been judged and that he wouldn't do it again. Then a few months later he went and did it again.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
So here's where I stand: In my personal opinion, the pastor's a reckless idiot, but he didn't do anything illegal and is in no way legally responsible for killings across the world. At least not in this case. I think he does bear moral/ethical responsibility to a certain extent -- he'll pay for it eventually.
Last edited by other; 04-28-11 at 01:04 PM.