Patrick J. Buchanan of all people argues that "if Eric Holder cannot find a charge against Jones, or an inherent power of a war president to prevent actions imminently damaging to the war effort, Obama should find some Justice Department attorneys who can" — Bonfire of the Korans.
Alexander Cockburn writes, "By the end of the week, the air was so thick with pieties about the need for tolerance and respect for all creeds that one yearned for the Rev. Terry Jones, mutton chop whiskers akimbo, to rescind his last minute cave-in, stiffen his spine, then toss those Korans into the burn barrels outside his Gainesville church in Florida and torch them on this year’s anniversary of 9/11" — The Koran at Fahrenheit 451.
The Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church reminds us that he is not one for "pieties about the need for tolerance and respect for all creeds" — Florida church may not burn Qurans, but Kansas church says it will.
This news "despite the fact that Rev Terry Jones, after considerable equivocation, said finally that he would not go through with his initiative" — Demonstrations against pastor, church set on fire in Pakistan. Also reports of "attacking others in Pakistan, demonstrations organised by Islamic groups with thousands of people in the streets of Indonesia and Afghanistan, and one death reported in the latter."
Labels: America the Beautiful, Central Asia, Islam, Separated Brethren, Tyranny