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Afghans vent fury over Koran burning, U.S. apologizes
reuters ^ | 2/21/12 | Samar Zwak

Posted on 02/21/2012 11:22:35 AM PST by ColdOne

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued an apology for "inappropriate treatment" of Islam's holy book at the base to try and contain fury over the incident - a public relations disaster for Washington as it tries to pacify the country ahead of the withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014.

Protesters started to gather after Afghan laborers found charred remains of copies of the Koran as they collected rubbish from Bagram airbase, the provincial governor's office said in a statement.

As many as 2,000 Afghans massed outside several gates to the base, the main center for NATO-led forces just north of the capital Kabul, chanting anti-foreigner slogans and throwing stones, said Reuters reporters at the scene.

Both Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban in Afghanistan condemned the incident, both of them saying the values of Islam had been "degraded."

Winning the hearts and minds of Afghans is critical to U.S. efforts to defeating the Taliban, but critics say Western forces often fail to grasp Afghanistan's religious and cultural sensitivities.

A senior U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said staff at Bagram had decided to remove "extremist literature" and other materials left in a library in the base's detention block.

"They (the materials) were taken out of the library for good reason but they were being disposed of in a bad way," the official said.

"There was a breakdown in judgment in this matter but there was no breakdown in our respect for Islam," the official added.

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1 posted on 02/21/2012 11:22:42 AM PST by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

I wonder how many more days the Jihadis in the international press are going to run this story?


2 posted on 02/21/2012 11:25:20 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Where was the outrage when Bibles were burned and forbidden in Afghanistan? Our soldiers were denied their religious freedom. I’m sick of this kow-towing to the Muslims!


3 posted on 02/21/2012 11:27:25 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: ColdOne
This business about us apologizing all the time is really starting to chafe me.

Does no one else ever apologize to us for being insensitive to our traditions?

4 posted on 02/21/2012 11:27:43 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: skeeter; shibumi

“both of them saying the values of Islam had been “degraded.”

Brought to you by the department of redundancy department.


5 posted on 02/21/2012 11:27:43 AM PST by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind)
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"Based on initial reports, four copies of the holy Koran have been burned and the holiest values (of Islam) been degraded," a statement from Karzai's office said. The Afghan Taliban also strongly condemned the incident. You mean to tell me they are going through the trash and find 4 burnt Koran's just like that.......YEAH SURE!
6 posted on 02/21/2012 11:28:09 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: ColdOne

I have no respect for Islam. Let it be known that Panetta does NOT speak or me..f


7 posted on 02/21/2012 11:29:04 AM PST by cardinal4 (Bolton/Arpaio 2012 "Kick the UN across the border!")
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To: ColdOne

(tumblindice press, story cont.) Realizing their error, a number of troops began urinating on the fire, compounding the anger of the muslim primates.


8 posted on 02/21/2012 11:32:23 AM PST by tumblindice (Whitey-American: Taxed Enough Already)
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To: ColdOne

Ahhhhh.....the taliban doesn’t like this......Hey!......Ops Officers!......send out the patrols with a book called “KOREAN”....the dumb bastard taliban can’t read anyway......light it on fire.....set up fighting positions....shoot the assholes with guns who come to stomp out the fire.....Yes, I will take that medal.


9 posted on 02/21/2012 11:32:23 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ColdOne

Well then let them live under the koran and the Taliban.

I feel sorry for innocent Afghanis trapped in the midst of these jihadists.


10 posted on 02/21/2012 11:33:31 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: ColdOne

That’s what I thought. This sounds like a set up to me.


11 posted on 02/21/2012 11:34:16 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: ColdOne
These guys have the most unwholesome, extreme and pathological preoccupation with religious fetishes and an excessive devotion to the rigid and archaic forms of Islamic piety that they have made themselves ridiculous.

ENOUGH!!

American Christians live daily with federally funded ‘Art’ which promotes urine-filled beakers holding crucifixes, with more and increasingly worse insults and defamation to religion and to believers .... Apologize to the Muslims? Really!!!???

12 posted on 02/21/2012 11:35:55 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: F15Eagle
Well then let them live under the koran and the Taliban

YES! I do feel sorry for the Afgani women, but when their entire culture is that degraded and disrespectful to Americans, then our nation-building is a totally wasted effort. The blood of our soldiers spilled in their behalf is sacred to us, the stupid korans are not.

13 posted on 02/21/2012 11:40:28 AM PST by ghost of nixon
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To: Catsrus

Our great soldiers have nothing to apologize for. They are trying to protect a barbarian culture that has no gratitude toward their sacrifices. Fie on their stupid, evil Koran!


14 posted on 02/21/2012 11:46:42 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: ColdOne

“both of them saying the values of Islam had been “degraded.”

So how degrading is it , when they blow up a mosque, school or home and there happens to be a Koran inside . They like blowing up funerals. Do they have a Koran at a funeral?

Blowing up the Koran apparently is OK but , Ali Baba forbid , don’t set fire to it .


15 posted on 02/21/2012 11:52:16 AM PST by Snowyman
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To: ColdOne

Whoever burned the Korans - I congratulate you! Your simple gesture has shown the truth, and laid bare the idiocy, fantasy and futility that is the US policy in Af-Pak regarding “nation building” and “moderate Islam.”

If such a thing causes instability, it only proves - there was no “stability” in the first place


16 posted on 02/21/2012 11:55:18 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Catsrus
Where was the outrage when Bibles were burned...

Where's the outrage when Christians are burned in Egypt and Sudan?

17 posted on 02/21/2012 12:05:38 PM PST by tbpiper
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To: ColdOne

Why don’t we kill these animals when they riot (should do this at home, too...)? They’d learn to behave. Eventually.


18 posted on 02/21/2012 12:14:29 PM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: ColdOne

Not In My Name


19 posted on 02/21/2012 12:16:19 PM PST by onedoug
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To: ColdOne

The way to win wars is to bomb and burn whatever the enemy holds dear in order to make him surrender so that the bombing and burning will stop. Imagine if Harry Truman had apologized a la Leon Panetta after dropping the bomb on Hiroshima and promised never to do it again? We’d still be fighting World War II in the Pacific.

Whether Obama is a sissy or a Muslim sympathizer, he’s proven incapable of winning the Afghan War, and he should bring the troops home rather than force them to die carrying out his failed policies.


20 posted on 02/21/2012 12:55:54 PM PST by Bluestocking
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To: ColdOne
Both Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban in Afghanistan condemned the incident, both of them saying the values of Islam had been "degraded."

The values of Islam are not "degraded" by this trumped up little incident. They were not affected at all. It is just an excuse to stir up sh*t against the infidels.

The values of Islam are "degenerate" (and have been since Mohammad founded this murderous gutter religion) and these wackos have continued it all on by themselves. Nothing can redeem it or it's lost adherents except turning to Jesus - and playing along with their crazy little Muslim mind and power games is not going to advance that.

We need to get out of Afghanistan and quit pretending there is anything left to be "won" there. This is a savage, backward, tribal culture and trying to turn it into an American style republic is a fool's errand.

If we need to go back in again, I'm sure we can find more temporary allies who want to get rid of the Taliban and their tyranny once again, for tribal and personal reasons. But we sure aren't going to make them like or appreciate us, especially when so much we do stems from our own simpering Politically Correct weakness.

21 posted on 02/21/2012 12:57:26 PM PST by Gritty (The British rebuilt India in their own image. In whose image are we building Afghanistan?-Mark Steyn)
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To: ColdOne

I heard this pathetic apology yesterday. Oh boo-frickin-hoo some Islamic garbage got destroyed. Lets talk about the thousands of christians being persecuted and martyred daily by this so called religion of peace. If our country only had stones anymore and we would tell these people to go pound salt where the sun doesn’t shine. I know us Christians are supposed to turn the other cheek and pray for our enemies but my goodness I wish sometimes we could use the same tactics they use on us against them. The world would go in an uproar if someone burned a mosque to the ground. So so sad!!


22 posted on 02/21/2012 1:26:37 PM PST by eak3
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To: ColdOne
Cowardice is appeasing the animal who is trying to kill you in the hopes he will kill someone else first.

So who stirred up the Afghani muzzies?

From the WSJ:

"Most Afghans learned about the Quran burning in Florida only when Mr. Karzai on March 24 (4 days after!) condemned the act as "a crime against the religion and the entire Muslim nation," called on the U.S. and the U.N. to bring the perpetrators to justice and demanded "a satisfactory response to the resentment and anger of over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world."

General Petraeus has certainly won Karzai's heart and mind. /s

You would think that having our female troops wear muslim hijabs instead of K-pots would have been enough to placate them.

Here is a woman who isn't going to bow down to psychotic ragheads or pussified politicians. (click the link below)

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23 posted on 02/21/2012 2:08:46 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: RoosterRedux

“That’s what I thought. This sounds like a set up to me.”

Another Reichstag fire, I agree.

Of course, I worthless, Muslim ASSLICKING government doesn’t have the balls to confront them on this. It “must” have been “our” people who did it.

And Karzai is another knuckledragging, ungrateful sonofabitch.


24 posted on 02/22/2012 9:52:04 AM PST by Levante
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To: Levante

I = Our


25 posted on 02/22/2012 9:52:57 AM PST by Levante
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