Ah well, I admit that’s a cheap prank, but if it gets your attention for a moment its good enough. Its of course the old Koran-burning routine that plays out here. As usual, the Americans can’t bow and scrape enough to apologize to those morons. What they should really do is waste the motherfuckers. Then at least they might get some respect.
Nato General apologizes profusely to the “noble people of Afghanistan” for alleged Koran desecrations
General Allen clearly has now idea how weak and pusillanimous his repeated apologies in this video will make him appear to many, if not most, of “the noble people of Afghanistan.” He should know enough about Islamic culture to know that it respects strength and sees apologizing and attempts at conciliation as weakness, only to be despised.
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Note also the General’s eager endorsement of Sharia provisions regarding treatment of the Qur’an, and unquestioning acceptance of the fundamental proposition that the burning of these Qur’ans was something heinous and to be apologized for in the first place. He makes no attempt whatsoever, even in the gentlest way, to suggest that rioting and calling for killing people because of the burning of these books is irrational, unjustifiable behavior.
And even though his assumption of a duty to enforce Sharia in this case is a matter of tactics, not belief, it is unwise: it will not win the hearts and minds of Afghans, and it sets yet another bad precedent for the responsibility of Infidel authorities vis-a-vis Sharia.
I am not saying that he should have been confrontational or defiant. As long as the pointless and self-defeating U.S. adventure in Afghanistan continues, he should do what he needs to do to protect American lives. But this abject statement, while it may (or may not) defuse tensions in the short run, in the long run it will only make matters worse.
What if 2,000 Americans rioted and protested against General Allen’s imbecility? Would we get an apology, too? An apology for the waste of the “nation-building” exercise in Afghanistan, and for the U.S. Government’s bowing to Sharia? Are violent and irrational voices the only ones that U.S. authorities heed?
“Angry Afghans rally over Quran disposal at US base,” by Deb Riechmann for theAssociated Press, February 21 (thanks to all who sent this in):
KABUL, Afghanistanâ€”More than 2,000Â angryÂ Afghans rallied Tuesday against the inadvertent burning of Qurans and other Islamic religious materials during trash disposal at an American air base. They demanded to meet the country’s president over the issue andÂ threatenedÂ to demonstrate again if their demand was not met.U.S. Gen. John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan,Â apologizedÂ and ordered an investigation into the incident, which he was “not intentional in any way.”
The incident stoked anti-foreign sentiment that already is on the rise after nearly a decade of war in Afghanistan and fueled the arguments of Afghans who believe foreign troops are notÂ respectfulÂ of their culture or Islamic religion.
Early Tuesday, as word of the incident spread, about 100 demonstrators gathered outside the sprawling Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul in Parwan province. As the crowd grew, so did the outrage.
“Die, die, foreigners!” the demonstrators shouted. Some fired hunting guns into the air. Others threw rocks at the gate of the base.
Ahmad Zaki Zahed, chief of the provincial council, said U.S. military officials took him to a burn pit on the base where 60 to 70 books, including Qurans, were recovered. The books were used by detainees once incarcerated at the base, he said.
“Some were all burned. Some were half-burned,” Zahed said, adding that he did not know exactly how many Qurans, the Muslim holy book, had been burned.
Zahed said five Afghans working at the pit told him that the religious books were in the garbage that two soldiers with the U.S.-led coalition transported to the pit in a truck late Monday night. When they realized the books were in the trash, the laborers worked to recover them, he said.
“The laborers there showed me how their fingers were burned when they took the books out of the fire,” he said.
Afghan Army Gen. Abdul Jalil Rahimi, the commander of a military coordination office in the province, said he and other officials met with protesters, tribal elders and clerics to try to calm their emotional response. “The protesters wereÂ very angryÂ and didn’t want to end their protest,” he said.
One protester, Mohammad Hakim, said if U.S. forces can’t bring peace to Afghanistan, they should go home.
“They should leave Afghanistan rather thanÂ disrespectingÂ our religion, our faith,” Hakim said. “They have to leave and if next time theyÂ disrespectÂ our religion, we will defend our holy Quran, religion and faith until the last drop of blood has left in our body.”…
What will the U.S. military do when they finally discover that the Qur’an itself contains “extremist” material? More onÂ this storyÂ of abject dhimmitude: “Official: Burned Islamic religious material had ‘extremist inscriptions,'” fromÂ CNN, February 21
This was inevitable. The White House is probably responsible for theÂ embarrassingly abject apology that General Allen issuedÂ earlier. Did the White House ever apologize for burning those Bibles in Afghanistan? Sharia Compliance in Washington Alert: “White House apologizes for burning of Muslim holy books in garbage pile at Afghanistan base,” fromÂ The Associated Press, February 21
There can be no stable or prosperous society — and indeed, no self-government — with such a sense of entitlement to wreak havoc when insulted. Self-government depends on government of the self.
Does a lethal rampage un-burn the Qur’ans? Of course not. The inclination to revel in an orgy of self-righteous rage preceded the incident that set off this episode. A rampage found its excuse.
“Seven dead in Afghan protest against ‘Koran burning’,” fromÂ Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 22:
No outrage over Bible-burning in Afghanistan by the U.S. military: