Everyone is angry with Terry Jones, the Qur'an-burning Florida pastor. Barack Obama issued a written statement saying that "the desecration of any holy text, including the Qur'an, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry." In Afghanistan, General David Petraeus and NATO representative Mark Sedwill said they "hope the Afghan people understand that the actions of a small number of individuals, who have been extremely disrespectful to the holy Qur'an, are not representative of any of the countries of the international community who are in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people."

The United Nations got into the act, too. "The recent burning of a copy of the Quran in the United States and similar actions anywhere else contradict the efforts of the United Nations to promote tolerance, intercultural understanding and mutual respect between cultures and religions," thundered UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Time Magazine's Joe Klein even claimed that "Jones's act was murderous as any suicide bomber's," since Muslims enraged by the burning of the Qur'an in Florida have murdered about 20 people in Afghanistan and five in Pakistan.

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