I had the good fortune to have met with a man named Filaret Motco, a 43-year-old U.N. political officer, at that same compound in Mazar-e-Sharif when I was in Afghanistan as an official observer of the Presidential election in August, 2009.
Mr. Motco, a Romanian, took time out from his very busy work in the run-up to that election to brief me and the other team members from the International Republican Institute with whom I was travelling.
I'm pretty certain Mr. Motco didn't know there is a place called "Gainesville, Florida" much less that a church named the "Dove World Outreach Center" is located there.
He will never know. He was one of the three U.N. staffers killed on Friday.
Here's what I would recommend if I were asked what to do by a Muslim leader in the United States. I would seek out a local Christian Minister and a local Jewish Rabbi who are both well-known in their geographic community.
I would suggest they hold an interdenominational prayer service and then I would have them take a bible, have the Rabbi say a prayer over the Old Testament; have the Minister say a prayer over the New Testament; and then with great respect and solemnity, burn it.
This would certainly not be a pleasant ceremony, but it would demonstrate an appropriate level of symmetry between the two acts.
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