he and his church members will burn Korans. Yesterday several hundred Afghans marched in the streets of Kabul and burned an effigy of the pastor (left) while General Petraeus, U.S. Commander of Armed Forces in Afghanistan, spoke out against the pastor's plans. I expected the latter, but the Afghans marching in the streets of the capital city caused me to pause.
Just a few decades ago it would have taken weeks, maybe months, for information about a small church pastor's intention to burn Korans in America to reach Afghanistan. Now, with the rise of the world-wide information network called the Internet, news from Florida reaches Afghanistan instantly.
It is for this reason that I am not as pessimistic as some of my Christian brothers and sisters about the state of the world. Very few people knew about the killing fields of Cambodia during the the time that hundreds of thousands of people were being systematically executed from 1975-1979. Had the Internet been around even thirty years ago it is quite possible that the collective outrage of the world's civilizations would have put a stop to Khmer Rouge regime.
Regardless of what one thinks of Pastor Jones' plans to burn Korans, it is impressive to me that Afghanis are marching in the streets of Kabul in protest of an anticipated event. The shrinking of the world into a collective community of informed people is not a bad thing.