Anti-American protests have been spreading like wildfire throughout the Middle East. It was inevitable that they would make their way to our pseudo-ally Pakistan. Demonstrators, over 5,000 of them, have attacked the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, resulting in over fifty injuries so far. And the government, who receives millions of dollars in aid from the United States, is not helping the cause. As BBC reports, “the Pakistani government has called a national holiday on Friday to enable people to demonstrate peacefully.”

The Taliban could not be happier. Not only are they failing to condemn the violent protests, the Pakistani government is actively encouraging the anti-American sentiment by rewarding the radicals with a government-approved day off so they can participate.