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Riots Hit Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia

From the Associated Press:

New wave of Mideast protests turn violent

Monday September 17, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of Afghans burned cars and threw rocks at a U.S. military base as a demonstration against an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad turned violent in the Afghan capital early Monday.

And in Jakarta, Indonesians angered over the film clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails and burning tires outside the mission…

The low-budget film, privately produced in the United States, portrays Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester. It sparked violent protests in many Muslim countries in recent days, many of them outside U.S. diplomatic posts around the world

Because it’s clear these protests are all about this 14 minute video clip that few people have ever seen, and which is currently blocked in the Middle East. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with Obama’s foreign policy.

In fact, it has been reported that there have been protests in 21 different countries. One for every mention of Obama killing Osama at the Democrat convention.

In Kabul on Monday, the air was thick with smoke on Jalalabad road — a main thoroughfare into the city center where the crowd burned shipping containers and tires. At least one police vehicle was burned by the mob before they finally dispersed around midday, according Daoud Amin, the deputy police chief for Kabul province.

Earlier in the morning, men lobbed rocks from the pavement and lobbed them at Camp Phoenix, a U.S. military base that lies along the road. More than 20 police officers were slightly injured — all from being hit by rocks, said Gen. Fahim Qaim, the commander of a city quick-reaction police force.

"Death to America!" and "Death to those people who have made a film and insulted our prophet," shouted the crowd

It’s almost as if they aren’t grateful for the US military liberating them from the Taliban and giving them a democracy. And, then again, maybe these people don’t realize that the Obama administration is negotiating with the Taliban, to put them back in power.

In the southeastern part of Kabul, about 50 protesters gathered in front of a mosque, shouting "Death to America," said police officer Ahmad Shafiq but there were no signs of violence. Protester Mohammad Humayun, 28, called on President Obama to bring those who have insulted the prophet to justice…

Obama is already doing that, Mr. Humayun.

Wahidullah Hotak, another protester, said the rallies will continue "until the people who made the film go to trial." …

Give Mr. Obama time. As he says, he will have a lot more ‘flexibility’ after he is re-elected.

Outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, people also tried to ignite a fire truck as Molotov cocktails exploded against a fence surrounding the embassy compound…

Demonstrations were also held Monday in the Indonesian cities of Medan and Bandung. Over the weekend in the central Java town of Solo, protesters stormed KFC and McDonald’s restaurants, forcing customers to leave and management to close the stores.

In neighboring Pakistan, around 3,000 students and teachers rallied Monday against the film in the town of Chaman in southwestern Baluchistan province. The crowd burned an American flag and an effigy of Obama, said officer Mohammad Shahid.

Why burn Obama’s effigy? He is clearly on their side?

Teacher Abdul Malik said it was an obligation of all Muslims to protest the video, while Abdul Waris, a 12-year-old student who attended the rally, said his teachers told him the U.S. and Israel produced the film. The teachers canceled classes and told the students to go protest

We’re only surprised this isn’t happening in the US. At least, so far.

Still, you have to wonder why the US doesn’t just burn a few Bibles in Afghanistan, as they are wont to do. Just to show that their hearts are in the right spot.

As we noted the did back in May 2009, via this article from Reuters:

U.S. military says Afghan bibles have been destroyed

Tue May 5, 2009

KABUL (Reuters) – Bibles in Afghan languages sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan were confiscated and destroyed to ensure that troops did not breach regulations which forbid proselytizing, a military spokeswoman said.

The U.S. military has denied its soldiers tried to convert Afghans to Christianity, after Qatar-based Al Jazeera television showed soldiers at a bible class on a base with a stack of bibles translated into the local Pashto and Dari languages.

U.S. Central Command’s General Order Number 1 forbids troops on active duty — including all those based in Iraq and Afghanistan — from trying to convert people to another religion.

"I can now confirm that the Bibles shown on Al Jazeera’s clip were, in fact, collected by the chaplains and later destroyed. They were never distributed," spokeswoman Major Jennifer Willis said at Bagram air base, north of Kabul.

Military officials have said the bibles were sent through private mail to an evangelical Christian soldier by his church back home. The soldier brought them to the bible study class where they were filmed.

Trying to convert Muslims to another faith is a crime in Afghanistan. An Afghan man who converted to Christianity was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2006 but was allowed to leave the country after an international uproar…

It’s almost as if they denigrate other people’s religious beliefs.

Speaking of which, notice that Reuters never capitalizes the word ‘Bible.’ But they always capitalize the ‘Koran’ no matter how they spell it. Why is that, do you think?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 17th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Riots Hit Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia”

  1. ilzito guacamolito says:

    ROPMA.

  2. Right of the People says:

    Time for another Crusade.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    “Crusade” used to be a noble thing even a child would understand. Rember Crusader Rabbit?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-Neoub6shM&feature=related

  4. AcornsRNutz says:

    And what about US service members stuck in the middle of all of this. Shoot into the crowds or risk dying for some misguided diplomacy. Awesome choice. I never wanted to go smoke a 12 year old student so hoplelessly brainwashed as to throw rocks at me while I protected the schools, wells, farmlands, businesses, hopsitals and government facilities we built for them. On the other hand, when I was 20 and holding the keys to a medium machine gun 10000 miles from home in a god forsaken stinking cesspool of a “country”, getting hit in the face by a rock (or is that a grenade? hard to tell in a millisecond) seemed just as life threatening as getting shot at. More so if you consider that the onyl time I really knew I was clear to shoot back was AFTER I’d already been shot at. Rocks were (and continue to be) a gray area with most pansy commanders leaning toward the “ignore it” side of the debate. Ever been hit in the face by a rock? I have seen kids throw rocks hard enough to crack bulletproof glass in our trucks. I mean, not to get off on a seperate tangent, but is anyone considering a serious restructuring of our military posture in these countries? These riots pose a serious threat and it’ll take piles of dead servicemen to make someone see the need to step up our game and fight back in these crapholes. Methinks another “Breaker” Morant/Bin Lai is coming and I feel horrible for the poor kids who are going to get caught in the middle of it.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      This is why I wholeheartedly support gays in the military.

      Get as many as we can into uniform, and then send them all over to the sandbox. I think we should also allow them to wear whatever they like, so long as it’s sporty and fashionable and very gaudy/easy-to-see. Or, maybe let them design a new chartreuse or mauve set of battle utilities. Let their unit flag be the rainbow and make sure they have an oversized version of that technicolor patch on their sleeves.

      By supporting gays in the military, it will solve two problems at once. The straights will get out when their time is up, come and get jobs in the US and help our economy to grow while the politically correct fairy fruit-bats go over to the middle-east and do their gosh-darnedest to make pals with the locals. That should work out very nicely.

  5. AcornsRNutz says:

    Rusty, the word Hero gets thrown around so much these days…

    I don’t generally get all fan-boy over internet posts, but of all the people on all the sites I visit I’d like to down a few cold ones and discuss the world with(particularly our military at the moment) you’re on the short list.


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