Koran Burning in Afghanistan
Until I heard the apology of the US commander in Afghanistan, I was rather indifferent about this event. I mean, it was an accident, not intentional. It is a mere book made of paper and ink. The book itself is not Holy in any sense of the word, no more than the Bible is. It is a book at the face of it. President Obama had apologized for the accident. America has made mistakes and apologized before. Yet, it is the disgraceful apology of the US commander that really irks me. In his apology, he asks for "forgiveness" and is "humbled". It is one thing to apologize as Obama has, yet another to "beg" for forgiveness from a country that does not appreciate America nor democracy. Karzai must be privately be laughing.
Yet, because of the error, two Americans were killed, one by a US trained Afghan soldier in uniform that turned his weapon on the US soldier, killed him and ran. Others are burning US flags and causing general mayhem. Of course, the Afghans are not apologizing for anything, they just run around in berserk zombie-like mode wailing about how a book was burned. Hey, just get another. Who knows, maybe it was US aid money that actually printed the Korans.
Worse, what was the reason, security. The prison officials had found out that is most sacred book for Muslims, the Koran, was being used to convey messages and radical teachings of anti-US nature between prisoners. How ironic, a holy book used to teach a jihad and the killing of innocent women, children and men. Talk about hypocritical. Prison officials seized the books and put them in a bag. That's where the story is murky. American soldiers go through intense cultural training in Afghanistan. They know all about the Koran. However, the prison is under control of the Afghanistan security forces largely. There is nothing preventing a angry Afghanistan soldier or taliban sympathizer working there deliberating taking the bag and burning it then claim it was US soldiers, or, a simple misunderstanding that led the bag of Korans to be burned.
America's apology is excessive and sickening. It is like Pakistan apologizing to India or vice versa. There is no need for it, the Taliban will no doubt be fanning the flames.