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Afghans Protest Burning Of Korans At US Base

From a selectively remembering Washington Post:

Huge crowd of Afghans protests reports of burning of Koran at U.S. base

Sayed Salahuddin and Kevin Sieff
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan —Deeply angered over reports that U.S. troops had burned copies of the Koran, Islam’s holy text, thousands of protesters on Tuesday tried to storm the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.

The protests erupted early in the morning, after Afghans working inside the Bagram air base reported to local residents that a number of copies of the Koran had been burned. The incident prompted the top U.S. military officer in Afghanistan, Gen. John R. Allen, to offer a public apology and order a prompt investigation.

“When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them,” Allen said in a statement. “We are taking steps to ensure this does not ever happen again. I assure you … I promise you … this was NOT intentional in any way.”

And never mind that the military in Afghanistan have routinely and intentionally burned Bibles in order to avoid offending the pious locals. Such as back in May 2009.

Gen. Ahmad Amin Naseeb, who is in charge of the religious and cultural affairs department at the Afghan defense ministry, said he had received reports “that the international troops have burned and thrown copies of Koran into the dust bins.” As a result, he said, “protesters have closed various roads in the area.”

Proper treatment of the Koran is a highly sensitive issue for Muslims across the world, including in Afghanistan, where international troops are fighting to defeat the militantly Islamist Taliban in a war that has entered its 11th year. Experts in Islam say copies of the Koran should be buried or released in flowing waters if they need to be disposed of, but religious leaders in Afghanistan said Tuesday that local practice is not to dispose of the texts at all.

Previous reports of Koran-burning also have led to violent protests here. Last April, an angry mob killed at least seven foreigners in a relatively secure part of northern Afghanistan and set fire to a United Nations compound, as a protest over a Koran burning in Florida swelled into chaotic violence.

Notice how the Washington Post avoids mentioning that the most notorious report of Koran desecration to date appeared in Newsweek’s April 30, 2005 edition. Newsweek was owned by the Washington Post at the time.

Newsweek claimed a Koran had been flushed down a toilet at Guantanamo in order to torment the prison’s Muslim captives. (Which you would think, even if true, was in accordance with the "released in flowing waters" mentioned by the experts above.) Newsweek also claimed the report had been confirmed by government sources.

Needless to say, the Newsweek report turned out to be completely untrue. Even though dozens died in the subsequent rioting.

More than 3,000 people were involved in Tuesday’s protests, which began just after dawn, following the morning prayers, said Sayed Kheli, a senior police officer for Parwan province, where Bagram is located. Parwan’s deputy governor, Shah Wali, said local authorities were trying to quell the demonstrators, who had gathered at various locations within the sprawling base, about 30 miles north of Kabul.

“People’s sentiments have been hurt,” Wali said

Gosh, that is terrible. Hopefully enough people will be beaten or killed in order to make them feel better.

For hours on Tuesday morning, protesters threw rocks at the base, breaking windows in some buildings. Many of the protesters were local employees of the U.S. military who, feeling betrayed, chanted “long live Islam” and “death to America.”

Such loyal employees. Such a grateful people altogether.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Afghans Protest Burning Of Korans At US Base”

  1. artboyusa says:

    “Such a grateful people altogether…” grateful for what, exactly? The blessings of democracy? Peace and prosperity? Security and order? Our mission in Afghanistan has failed,mostly because we could never decide what the mission was, exactly, or bring ourselves to commit the necessary resources in troops, money and time. The sooner we bail on this, the better off we’ll be. The people I pity are the Afghans who actually believed all that stuff we told them about how we’d turn their country into Mayberry, RFD overnight. When we finally go, we better take them and their families with us, its the least we can do. “The least we can do” – sort of sums up the whole sorry business, doesn’t it?

    And btw, back in the day you had to take an intelligence test before you could sign up. Do they not do that anymore? If they do, it isn’t working. If it was, it would be clear to our people that (TRUE OR FALSE) taking a bag full of Korans to the dump to be burned by local Muslims or taking pictures of your squad buddies peeing on dead enemy bodies and posting them on the internet are really, really stupid, self-defeating things to do and should be avoided? By Allah, it is a bad thing when your entire foreign policy can be put in disarray by one thoughtless act by the stupidest soldier in the army but that is what happens…

  2. finebammer59 says:

    Out of such a peaceful religion.

    (they tell us it’s peaceful, then when it’s proven not, they point out instances of past Christian violence)

    Shocked, shocked I say!

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..”Afghans Protest Burning Of Korans At US Base…..”

    I don’t know what they’re bitchin’ about. They (Afghans) weren’t holding on to them (Korans) at the time, as I would have directed.

    And you’re right, artboyusa, peeing on them would be bad form……even if they were standing there on fire holding their un-holy screed of a murder manual in their hand……and I wouldn’t do it. I might accidentally put out the fire.

    Realistically, we should leave there, but only after torching the whole place and putting every one of their sorry carcasses to the sword, with a word to the rest of the muslim world that whoever complained about it would be next on the list. If they really must know who is sorry, they should look in a mirror. A sorrier lot has yet to walk the earth.

  4. finebammer59 says:

    It’s being reported that the boneheads are now firing rockets at our guys. Great.

    And notice anything other than the killing of Bin Laden has no connection to the Obama administration by the MSM.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    The discernible difference is that while we might find cause to burn paper goods, they have expressed, repeatedly, a desire to burn all of us.

    Paper or people?

    Hmmm … such a difficult moral question.


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