Ever heard of the “Butterfly Effect”? It would seem that a minor commemorative/protest event planned by the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, a small church of less than 100 total members, has had the same effect as the buffeting of the hypothetical butterfly’s wings, the motion of which produces a distant — in time and space — hurricane. Pastor Terry Jones and his congregants, according to The Florida Independent, announced back in July that they were commemorating this year’s September 11 anniversary by burning qurans. In the space of two months, that declaration has produced a worldwide hurricane of reaction, including heated protests in Muslim countries, worldwide religious and political criticism and condemnation, and a global alert by Interpol to its 188 member nations of a “strong likelihood” of violent attacks in the wake of the Florida quran burnings.
Pastor Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center became the butterfly when they announced that quran burnings would take place for a three-hour period on Sept. 11, or “International Burn A Quran Day,” to commemorate the day that Americans were “murdered” by Muslim extremists. Jones told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that it was a “radical message” they were sending to radical Islam.
Apparently just the threat of burning qurans was enough to set high pressure forces in motion. Protests began erupting in various Muslim nations, including Afghanistan. The protests caused General David Petraeus, commander of the international forces in Afghanistan, to state that “images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan – and around the world – to inflame public opinion and incite violence.”
Within days, protests had been held in Bahrain, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
In Florida, Pastor Terry Jones began receiving death threats. According to the Associated Press, the 58-year-old pastor has taken to wearing a .40 calibre pistol after receiving more than 100 death threats.
Interpol released a global warning to its member nations Thursday, according to CNN, in response to the continued unrest over the promised quran burnings and a direct request from Pakistan, which feared an increase in terrorist activities.
“One of Interpol’s primary functions is to prevent crime,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble noted in a statement, “And given that we have been made aware of a significant threat to public safety — an assessment which we share — it is our duty to ensure that we pass this information on to law enforcement agencies around the globe so that they can take appropriate measures.”
Noble added, “September 11 is a day when the world should come together to redouble our efforts to prevent and fight terrorism, not a day when any individual, especially an American, should engage in provocative acts that will give terrorists propaganda intended to convert September 11 from a day of remembrance, to one of recruitment for terrorists and others inspired to attack the US and other western targets.”
His words echoed those of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said to the Council on Foreign Relations, “It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distrustful, disgraceful plan and get the world’s attention, but that’s the world we live in right now.
“It is unfortunate, it is not who we are.”
But it is who Pastor Terry Jones is. In the past few days, he has told Anderson Cooper 360, the CBS Early Show, and several other media outlets that he fully intends to proceed with the quran burning on September 11.
The “Butterfly Effect” hypothesis is indifferent to whether or not the butterfly in malignant or benign or misguided…
Associated Press via DailyRecord.com