published Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Qurans mistakenly burned by U.S. troops stoke Afghan fire

Common sense suggests it is unwise for U.S. forces in Afghanistan to inflame Muslim passions by desecrating copies of Islam's holy book, the Quran. And so it is regrettable that some copies of the Quran were burned by U.S. forces in Afghanistan -- though it apparently was an accident. U.S. officials had removed the books from a detention facility because detainees were writing extremist messages in the books which were then viewed by other detainees. The books were mistakenly mixed in with trash to be burned in a garbage pit. The incineration was halted as soon as the mistake became apparent, and the United States has apologized.

Yet what was the Afghan response? There were multiple riots, and at least seven people were killed.

While it is fair to fault the mistaken actions of our troops for angering Muslims in Afghanistan, it would be grossly unfair to suggest that riots and homicide are reasonable responses -- or that U.S. troops bear responsibility for that mayhem.

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nucanuck said...

We no longer have a reason to still be in Afghanistan. We cannot and we should not try to change their culture.

Military occupation does not change hearts and minds.

February 23, 2012 at 12:18 a.m.

I don't blame the troops for anything but their own individual conduct (which ranges from the excellent, to the careless, to the reprehensible). But I blame the people that put them there.

But don't pretend for a second that it couldn't happen here.

February 23, 2012 at 12:40 a.m.
fairmon said...

Get out of Afghanistan now. Samdam and Osama are dead with presidents elected by the poeple in place in Iraq and Afghanistan. Russia almost bankrupt themselves and the Russian empire crumbled trying to control Afghanistan. Our brilliant leaders have us in the same predicament for no good reason. We cannot and should not impose our beliefs and political systems on them with the majority of them not wanting us involved.

February 23, 2012 at 4:04 a.m.
conservative said...

When you have no job and no hope because you worship a false god or don't believe in the true GOD, killing your fellow man over there or killing your babies over here is just an everday occurence.

February 23, 2012 at 7:36 a.m.

Really? I've yet to met anybody killing their babies, except for a particularly religious person who believed they were sending their child into a better world.

And it certainly didn't happen every day.

February 23, 2012 at 9:36 a.m.
librul said...

Anybody drinking Pentagon Kool-Aid and thinking this was done by mistake would also believe that the State of Israel is America's friend and ally.

February 23, 2012 at 10:03 a.m.
Welcome_2 said...

It only became a mistake after the fact. When it got world attention. This is just another sad saga in many of the decline of America's image around the world. The way in which America disrespects other countries and cultures. While claiming their own is only of nobility and humanity. Sad for AMERICA!

What's happened to you AMERICA? As Lady Liberty Weeps.

February 23, 2012 at 10:43 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Welcome_2, it's not just America's image that is declining, it's America.

February 23, 2012 at 11:04 a.m.
limric said...

NATO should Apologize for Koran Burning.

Like this:

We know that this incident has taken you away from other pious aspects of your daily lives, like imprisoning and killing gay people, denying women ANY human rights and executing Muslims who have converted to Christianity. Many of you have lost valuable time tending to poppy fields because of this. And, while we don’t know what the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) would have said about being the world’s largest exporter of heroin, it isn’t our place to judge. Our bad. Sorry....NOT!!!

Ef you Islam.

February 23, 2012 at 6:21 p.m.

Which will completely convince them to riot again. Shame does not work with the rightful.

February 23, 2012 at 6:34 p.m.
nucanuck said...


Just a reminder that under Taliban rule the poppy trade was wiped out in Afghanistan. Only after the US and NATO arrived did the heroin trade resume and grow into the world's largest.

February 23, 2012 at 8:20 p.m.
brokentoe said...

nucanuck, most Americans are completely illiterate when it comes to world knowledge and what's really going on in other countries. It's amazing and also sad just how little many Americans know about events around the world. Many take what they see on the news or fed by politicians as gospel.

February 23, 2012 at 9:27 p.m.
ArnoldZiffel said...

Also human rights, education for women and freedom were also wiped out by the taliban.

February 24, 2012 at 12:04 a.m.
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