Was the burning of Koran's in Afganistan the dumbest decision you have ever heard of?
Was the burning of Koran books in Afganistan the dumbest policy decision you have ever heard of, and was it really necessary to burn them. Couldn't the books have been given away or boxed up a stored somewhere? Who makes these decisions? I think this act of burning Koran's should make the list of all time stupid decisions! What could have the US policy makers possibly been thinking? Dumb! Dumb! Dumb!
No it doesn't even come in the top one thousand.
It is a book, and if we can burn the American Flag, then we can burn a book whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Would you be this concerned if muslims burned bibles?
The dumb decision was entering into a war without a clear goal to be accomplished, a deep understanding of the place and culture, or the tools needed to accomplish that goal.
Burning the books is the result, not the source of the dumb thing. The dumb thing was never implementing the cultural understanding necessary to make sure no one would ever make that poor of a decision.
It was a dumb thing to do, I agree. There is no reason to burn any book of fiction such as the Koran. No one would burn Moby Dick. Would they?
It wasn't a policy decision. The books were confiscated from a prison's inmates who were using them (wait for this one) not worship or study but to pass notes while trying to plot a jailhouse insurrection. The prison was closed, and the soldiers were sent in to clean it out. They made a bonfire to get rid of the refuse, the boxed books were thrown into it without being examined, and when someone pointed out what had happened the soldiers tried to retrieve them. It was too late to do so, though, and they burned.
That is what the rioters and guerrillas in Afghanistan are killing people over. That it isn't being reported accurately by the media, and that so many people are reacting to the stories they hear as if they were true and complete, is what is dumb, dumb, dumb.
Nope...I TOLD my Mom to throw out my baseball and comic book collections from the 50s and 60s in 1975...just sayin'...
No one, nor any group, has a monopoly on making mistakes and exercising bad judgment.
That said, the U.S. military personnel who burned the Korans either made a mistake or exercised bad judgment. But either way, it was not a big deal.
The books that were burned were merely publications that can be bought at any Barnes & Noble store, and probably even Walmart.
I am a Christian and if some group burned a stack of Holy Bibles, that would not upset me in the least. I would view it as "just one of those things -- and that is because I am not a religious fanatic or zealot.
Books are nothing but "items" or "things." There is nothing sacred or special about any one of them.
I'm often faced with the dilemma of disposing of excessive material containing holy images and blessed Easter Palms. I don't want to put them in the trash because it would be disrespectful, so I burn them. Burning is the only acceptable way of disposing of holy or venerable images and objects. This is a widely known and acceptable practice in Western civilizations. For that reason I don't think that burning the Koran was dumb or disrespectful if the intention was to dispose of it with respect.
Have you ever read "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury?
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