Although this has been my thinking since this intended Qu'ran burning became news, this actual blog post was prompted by the following e-mail which I just received from the US State Department:
|Worldwide Caution |
For travel information, call .
Internet Address: http://travel.state.
Travel Alert - Qu'ran Burning
September 9, 2010
The Department of State is issuing this Travel Alert to caution U.S.
citizens of the potential for anti-U.S. demonstrations in many countries
in response to stated plans by a church in Florida to burn Qur'ans on
the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Demonstrations, some violent, have already taken place in several
countries, including Afghanistan and , in response to media
reports of the church's plans. The potential for further protests and
demonstrations, some of which may turn violent, remains high. We urge
you to pay attention to local reaction to the situation, and to avoid
areas where demonstrations may take place. This Travel Alert expires on
September 30, 2010.
U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to register with
the nearest U.S. Embassy or through the State Department's
travel registration website at in order that they can obtain updated
information on travel and security. U.S. citizens without Internet
access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or
Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.
U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of
alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend
public services to assess their security posture. In those instances,
U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide
emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to
monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S.
Embassy or Consulate.
As the Department of State continues to develop information on potential
security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat
information through its Consular Information Program documents, such as
the Worldwide Caution, and Travel Alerts as well as
Country Information, which are available on the Bureau of Consular
Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov/.
It is no surprise that a hateful demonstration accomplishes nothing more than to provoke other hateful demonstrations.... and that as stated by Mahatma Gandhia