How Do You Say "Tit For Tat" And "An Eye For An Eye" In Pashtun?

So some numbnuts Thumper wants to burn the Quran:

The pastor of a small Florida church who has pledged to incinerate copies of the Quran on Sept. 11 said Wednesday he would press ahead with the plan, despite pleas from the Obama administration, U.S. military officials, the Vatican and religious leaders around the world.

"As of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing," said Terry Jones, pastor of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla.

No, that's not a typo. Some church with *50* members calls itself the 'Dove World Outreach Center.' I figure with 50 people, they can reach as far as Orlando. Tampa at the outside. But I digress. Naturally, this has pissed off everybody you would expect to be pissed off by it, and they're reacting pretty much how you'd expect them to (never mind that the aforementioned Quran burning hasn't even happened yet):

KABUL, Afghanistan - Hundreds of angry Afghans burned a U.S. flag and chanted "Death to the Christians" on Thursday to protest plans by a small American church to torch copies of the Muslim holy book on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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Local officials in Mahmud Raqi, the capital of Afghanistan's Kapisa province, estimated that up to 4,000 people took part in Thursday's demonstration. But NATO spokesman James Judge said the protesters numbered between 500 to 700.

It seems that the 'appropriate' reaction to this would be to burn some Bibles. Except that there aren't really any local-language Bibles in Afghanistan - the Army took care of that!

(CNN) -- Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.

The unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops of any religion from proselytizing while deployed there, Lt. Col. Mark Wright said.

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