Karzai urges calm as six die in Afghan Koran protests

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jwab wrote:

These are pathetic people.

Feb 22, 2012 1:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
Wizardling wrote:

They must be deeply insecure about their beliefs to behave in such a violent uncivilised manner.

Feb 22, 2012 2:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
jimbowski wrote:

“Critics say Western troops often fail to grasp the country’s religious and cultural sensitivities.”

That’s a polite way of saying Western troops are bigoted towards other cultures, which is true.

Feb 22, 2012 2:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
Islander2010 wrote:

A ridiculous fanatical response. Apparently, savagely killing innocent people in response to the accidental burning of the Koran is on the same level. The sooner we left this God forsaken dump the better.

Feb 22, 2012 2:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
Suchindranath wrote:

No apology for the Bamiyan Budhas? Proof that States heed only violence rather than principles or conscience. Islam’s strength!

Feb 22, 2012 2:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
Sparky1987 wrote:

Jimbowski as you are so egar to extoll on us how bigoted westerners are may I remind you bigotry is a worldwide phenomena it is not confined to the west and is quite rampant in many nations across asia, the middle east, and africa the west has made much progress on preventing biggotry related crimes within our borders and we have people of all faiths and all backgrounds that live here peacably without issue, some unfortunately do but they have legal protection in wich case many nations do not provide. Now that being said if your faith relies so much on worldly possessions perhaps you should re-assess what is really important to you and re-assess your devotion to said faith especially wishing death upon someone for destroying such paltry things words on a page should not be central to your faith books/scrolls can be replaced.

Feb 22, 2012 3:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
Invictuss wrote:

Looks like a progress ..for 10 years and billions of $ hahahhhhhhh

Feb 22, 2012 6:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
Invictuss wrote:

Looks like a progress ..for 10 years and billions of $ hahahhhhhhh

Feb 22, 2012 6:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
resetplz wrote:

Just another in a long line of excuses for Arabs to voice their discontent; manifested violently, of course.

I’m coming to believe that they alone are the cause of their woes.

Feb 22, 2012 7:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
gurupitka wrote:

Mock other people’s religion, because it’s not how you believe? That’s a brilliant idea! Theory of evolution!

Feb 22, 2012 7:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

How stupid can whoever did this be? All this time there and knowing their religious fanaticism and they still pull dumb stunts like this? I dont condone it, in fact to me it is crazy. They are outraged by this, but find it acceptable to chop a woman’s head off for having sex out of wedlock? They are crazy, backwards and illiterate, we could be there 30 years and that is not going to change. Let’s get the hell out already.

Feb 22, 2012 7:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
amerigom wrote:

“Four killed, dozens wounded in Afghan Koran burning”
There is no end to the created crises! Koran Burning? Whom and why?
Pictures included! The expressions on the faces, and chaos looking mobs! Looks like a Hollywood movie!
Instead of giving our United States electorate, a drummed up incident, Why is the Media dictating the Item of conflict? Where did the “Korans”, suddenly “appear”, and what was the purpose? Are these “Korans”, just lying around on the streets, or maybe in a rebellion HQ? Iran, on the verge of producing an atomic bomb, does not seem to arouse much interest, so, Let’s burn some Korans!
My impression; Too Much Information!! Extremely fast reporting, and at the front of the report; Religion!
At this very moment, with a contest going on for a replacement of our present leader, Guess what has emerged as a bone of contention?
You guessed it; RELIGION! You can be sure; there will be a crucifixion! And the beat goes on! Please don’t mention “Dem’s and Rep’s, I do not read either! I do believe Mr. Obama is ineffective!
There will be unrest in the Mid-East, no matter what! Just try to figure out; WHY!
Meanwhile; press “1″ for English.

Feb 22, 2012 7:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
ChuckShire wrote:

Yet these people had no problems with destroying Churches and Synagogs and calling for the deaths of Jews and Christians.
They are the ones who should apologize to us.

Feb 22, 2012 7:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
Austell wrote:

Protestors shot dead??

Revolution!!! Step down Karzai!!! Throw out the US!!!

Arm the opposition!!!

Russia should step in as America has in Syria and start creating a civil war out of this!

Feb 22, 2012 7:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
katezz wrote:

‘Critics say Western troops often fail to grasp the country’s religious and cultural sensitivities.’

you have to be kidding …

Feb 22, 2012 7:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

The officer and senior NCO, who were in charge of the detail responsible for burning those Korans, should, at least get an article 15 out of this and loose 2 ranks and pay for their stupidity. I daresay that even a private, in today’s army, knows how unreasonably touchy Muslims are about their holy book, or having images of their prophet displayed in cartoons. It is a reaction that we Westerners think of as “way over the top”, but it is very real and disturbing to Muslims!

Feb 22, 2012 7:49am EST  --  Report as abuse

Anything alleged but not proven should be within quotation marks for any reputable news source: such as “desecrations”. The Army base shouldn’t be in the business of supplying Korans in the first place, but do so to appease the Muslims. (Most probably used for prisoners.) They had an excess of them, and so discarded them. They were not needed. But to accuse the U.S. military of “desecrating” the Korans requires proof that they intended abuse of the book, not just wanting to dispose of them, and you certainly have not even attempted to provide such proof.

Feb 22, 2012 7:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
AnkhMorpork wrote:

Found in the garbage. Is anyone investigating to let us know whether this is a regular problem, who is doing this, is this planted, are these really Korans…My guess is ‘no’ to all.

This is, was, and will always be the wrong battlefield to fight any threat to our nation. We cannot fight Islamist extremism on their battlefield of choice.

Cut off the money and the arms, and pray for the sad victims of this tyrannical political/theological system.

Feb 22, 2012 8:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
opuntia wrote:

When people forget that life is more important than some book, then we will see more of bloodletting. If the Muslim population truly understood their Koran, then they would revere the life of anyone around them, even the so-called infidel. But, as it will remain, they will glory in the shedding of blood.

Feb 22, 2012 8:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
Sian09 wrote:

Does anyone ask ordinary Afghans their opinion? It doesn’t make sense to just go into a country and know automatically what to do in their towns, what to do with their objects

Feb 22, 2012 8:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
Nomadic100 wrote:

How is it, exactly, that one is supposed to get rid of Korans?

Feb 22, 2012 8:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
ToZaC wrote:

“The U.S. government and the American commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan apologized after “Afghan laborers” found charred copies of the Koran while collecting rubbish at the sprawling Bagram Airbase about an hour’s drive north of Kabul.”

Before to many people comment and make their backseat quarterback comments, read the above! I truly find it amazing that it was “Afghan laborers” that found these charred Korans. Unless you have been to Bagram, you would realize alot of Afghan’s work this area and do the majority of the cleaning on and around Bagram.
So my question is this? How come it was so convenient for these Korans to be found by the laborers and especially after they were charred. Something in my opinion doens’t smell right. Now there will probably be an investigation into this and some unwitting American soldier will take the fall for this. All to appease the rioting masses.
So due to the fact that some “Afghan laborers” found these charred Korans, it is condoned by the Afghan people to riot.
Wake up and smell the Coffee people the war is far from over!

Feb 22, 2012 9:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
jns.esq wrote:

Jimbowski wrote: “That’s a polite way of saying Western troops are bigoted towards other cultures, which is true.”

Yeah, Jim, but in the 21st century it’s hard not to be bigoted against close-minded medieval barbarism. Political correctness has already removed societal judgment from Western culture where everything is acceptable regardless of consequences. Want four kids at nineteen? No problem — we won’t say you’re foolish and irresponsible. We wouldn’t want to hurt your self esteem, now, would we? Hey! Go for number five! We’ll pay for it.

Feb 22, 2012 9:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
Peacefulguy wrote:

Neither are these people pathetic nor are they insecure about their beliefs. If they were then they wouldn’t have cared about it. The reason they are protesting is because they believe in it firmly. Like many people have few reasons not to believe, they have many to believe. What a cowardice act is burning a holy book? does that give them satisfaction in whatever they believe which glorifies injustice? Thinking rationally and thinking from both sides is very difficuly, Only who is just could do it.

Feb 22, 2012 9:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
BlueOkie wrote:

Would we respond the same way if someone burned the Bible? Muslims are barbaric in their actions

Feb 22, 2012 9:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
szore wrote:

@ Wizardling, that was the exact post i came here to make. thanks.

Feb 22, 2012 9:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
NeoConVet wrote:

Seems that the Peace Loving Religious Zealots of Islam … are not. Some how this will be a surprise to some. For the rest of us it is only a reason to hold those of this faith as suspect radicals capable of irrational violent actions.

I wonder when the last time we saw Christians throwing rocks, or worse at Muslims for alleged anti-Christian behavior?

Feb 22, 2012 9:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
Maxfusion wrote:

Pull out, and allow them to consume themselves. They’re barbarians; allow them to wallow in their own mire.

Feb 22, 2012 9:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
bvdon wrote:

It’s not like it’s a Bible or anything… geez – lighten up Francis.

Feb 22, 2012 9:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
cpasteve wrote:

Lunatics, or at best superstitious fools. Why are we there, casting our pearls before the swine? No one has ever achieved success in Afghanistan and we will be no exception.

Feb 22, 2012 9:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
BigLou15 wrote:

How do you get rid of a Koran? Well, you strap it on to the suicide vest that you put on a small child, a mentally challenged woman, a donkey or in a car that you send into a group of other muslims and then detonate the vest.

Feb 22, 2012 10:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:

The Koren Burning makes people here just as crazy over there. I hope that dumb @ss US commander is happy. You think he would have learned after that Pastor terry jones, may he burn…

Feb 22, 2012 10:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

“My god is better than your god.”

Sounds silly, doesn’t it?

Feb 22, 2012 10:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
Wyrdless3 wrote:

A trillion taxpayer dollars and thousands of lives all wasted on a pointless adventure that has brought America no benefits. We will leave and they will go back to living the way they were living.
What do expect?

To all the people who supported the war: I told you so

America didn’t need to invade Pakistan to kill BinLadin and we certainly didn’t have to invade Afghanistan to kill him either.

Feb 22, 2012 10:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
Triarius wrote:

@Austell

“Russia should step in as America has in Syria and start creating a civil war out of this!”

Learn at least a LITTLE information about Afghan history before you post.

Feb 22, 2012 11:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
VABB wrote:

Another day another Muslim riot. 6 dead? Just a day in the life of these barbarians. We need to get our troops out and leave the Afghans to live the way they want. If the radicals take over again and cause us trouble then go in, bomb them and leave.

Feb 22, 2012 11:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
Zigzagtom wrote:

Our own ignorance is our biggest enemy – not Al-Qaeda, not the Taliban, and certainly not the Muslim street. Resetplz illustrates our ignorance when he equates Afghanis with Arabs. Afghanis are not Arabs, and there is a profound cultural distance between the two groups.
We cannot hope to be effective outside of the U.S. unless we first understand with whom we’re dealing, and then try to understand (not just automatically vilify) them.

Feb 22, 2012 11:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
revelo wrote:

Don’t be too hasty to condemn these Afghans. They may be more prone to rioting than our lower class bible-thumpers, but that is because our lower classes are kept under tight control by the police and not because they are less superstitious. I invite you to visit an evangelical church anywhere in the Deep South if you don’t believe me.

Feb 22, 2012 11:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
jlj wrote:

This appears, however stupid and mean-spirited it is to burn a Koran (Qur’an?), to be a further good reason for withdrawing troops as soon as possible. Those Afghans – many women – who need asylum from what is coming after NATO troops leave, should receive serious consideration.

Feb 22, 2012 11:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
aparks wrote:

Stop apologizing! Use tasers in mass. Get this under control. Then, I would like to see helicopters and a mass evacuation of all US personnel, citizens etc., Now! Also, not a dollar more in aid and lastly torch every last poppy field. For the women and children offer asylum to all other reaches of the earth.

Feb 22, 2012 11:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
spameroo wrote:

“They fail to grasp our cultural and religious sensitivities…” therefore they should be killed? I think these psychotic mobs also fail to grasp something: the basis for most of the prejudice and insensitivity in the West is the stereotype that all Middle-Eastern Muslims are violent fundamentalist savages.

You can attack innocent bystanders and chant “Death to America” at whatever perceived religious provocations you want, I guess, but don’t then act surprised when Americans see your culture – and the religion you are representing – as hateful, murderous, and inherently predisposed toward fanaticism and terrorism.

Feb 22, 2012 11:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
diluded0000 wrote:

There was an exhibit at the local art gallery last year that included a painting of Jesus engaging in some lewd behavior. There were a bunch of people on the street protesting, until after a few days some nut job smashed up the installation with a hammer . Years back in the next county north of here, they killed some boy for being gay.

Don’t tell me how much more enlightened we are than these Afghan protesters. Go look up the definition of ethnocentrism.

Feb 22, 2012 11:33am EST  --  Report as abuse

@jwab
“These are pathetic people.”

Agreed. Uncivilized, brainwashed, whatever you want to call it. It’s not justifiable behavior by any means. If one is so brainwashed that they resort to violence over a book, it truly shows the lack of knowing the difference between right and wrong. These are people you cannot reason with. Religion distorts reality.

Feb 22, 2012 11:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
DeeArr wrote:

Enough. Come home lads and leave them in the 14th century.

Feb 22, 2012 11:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
10116794341 wrote:

Back in 08 this would have been an example of how hateful and idiotic the Bush administration is, these days you can barely tell that “U.S. troops” are involved. I mean “US-led NATO troops”? Really?

Feb 22, 2012 12:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
allotta wrote:

It seems very ironic that a box of Korans would be lying about somewhere on a US military base and just happened to be found by a group of Afghan workers, and the Korans just happened to be burned. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Taliban burned and planted the Korans there just to achieve this very end. Or do I maybe watch too much western television?

Feb 22, 2012 12:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jihobbyist wrote:

What I find even more disturbed is that the military cares at all about this. I mean, they kill real people everyday, and this piece of sh*%t book is priority?

I’m going to burn a koran today.

Feb 22, 2012 12:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Pandamonium wrote:

I do not understand this, we burn a few Koran’s and people riot. How is it that churches and Christians are burned and bullied all throughout the Muslim world on a daily basis and no one even reports it? Just another instance of the West (mainly America) being overly politcally correct. Why can we not really call Afghanistan what it really is, a big pile of sh8t that we stepped in and will spend the next 15 years wiping off of our shoe.

Feb 22, 2012 12:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pete9001 wrote:

We really don’t need them or what they have to offer, so why don’t we just do our best to keep these knuckle draggers away from any polite society. Let them wallow in their sand, oil and camel dung.

Feb 22, 2012 12:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WyoDutch wrote:

We are guests in their country.

Simple common sense requires we treat their culture with dignity. As a guest in your neighbors home… would you defecate in their living room?

Why do you feel we can act like barbarians in someone else’s country?

Feb 22, 2012 12:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ricksterd64 wrote:

Don’t forget how these are peace loving religious people. Oh wait I forgot they are actually psycotic lunatics

Feb 22, 2012 12:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fbedra wrote:

Jimbowski wrote: “That’s a polite way of saying Western troops are bigoted towards other culture, which is true.”
To Jimbowski: Are you for real??? I would love to read your post on all the civilians that have been killed just because they do not believe in the Koran, or Muslim faith, or were here helping these so devote and religious people who cut their heads off and tortured them. Drag your ass over here and maybe you can get onboard spoon feeding these poor misunderstood clerics who are screaming death to America. You have no clue what the men and women in uniform are required to go through, deal with or ignore and allow. Thus ensuring we do not offend these deeply spiritual people. Mistakes happen. This was not something the military planned or attempted to do to disrespect anyone or their beliefs.
You have no understanding of the military or what you’re talking about. My guess is you never served, or even left your back yard. But that’s just a guess…. it could be your just brain dead.
FYI the Afghans are the ones who do the burning and separate the trash at the burn pit in Bagram and most US bases, they are given this contract to help them and it allows them to separate metal plastic and then we pay them to remove it from the base. So if a Koran did end up burned more than likely they knew it was there and it was a setup that could have been stopped. But hey this gives them a reason to go all religious and outraged.

Feb 22, 2012 12:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fbedra wrote:

FYI the Afghans are the ones who do the burning and separate the trash at the burn pit in Bagram and most US bases, they are given this contract to help them and it allows them to separate metal plastic and then we pay them to remove it from the base. So if a Koran did end up burned more than likely they knew it was there and it was a setup that could have been stopped. But hey this gives them a reason to go all religious and outraged.

Feb 22, 2012 12:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse

The US should not be surprised by Afghanistan’s reactions. The US is in Afghanistan to destroy itself. The US destroys US computers, cell phones, digital cameras, and fertilizer, the basic components of smart munitions. The US destroys US ground and air vehicles. The US burns billions of gallons of US gasoline, diesel fuel, and aviation fuel. The US wastes billions of man hours in unproductive work. The US makes more enemies in the islamic world that supplies the US with the fuel that the US has chosen to use almost exclusively. Since 9-11, the US has destroyed itself and shifted the world’s balance of power to the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China. Every act that the US takes to cost the US more blood and treasure supports this outcome. The US succeeds in its destruction, although it is uncertain what US leaders hope to gain by this “success.”

Feb 22, 2012 12:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
K.Venugopal wrote:

Afghans, it appears, deserve no one more than the Taliban. It would be best America hands over Afghanistan back to Taliban and let Pakistan have a jolly-good time with the Taliban. America should impose a sanction-regime against the AfPak terrorist states so that they can brew in their own stew.

Feb 22, 2012 12:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Raif wrote:

These people don’t need an excuse to riot they are just a collection of uneducated violent and backward people. What else could you expect from a people who’s favorite passtime is staring at goats! Time to go home boys and to let these people abuse and destroy themselves. They don’t appreciate anything least of all security and freedom.

Feb 22, 2012 1:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SWayneP wrote:

Can we all admit that “winning the hearts and minds” is not really possible.
It’s not a matter of IF we leave Afghanistan unceremoniously, but when, just like the Soviets, British etc etc etc…

Feb 22, 2012 1:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JoeAlpha100 wrote:

Here I just saw *** a wider gap among people of the world ***.

People from different culture are less and less united as one? Why? What is the future of human?

Feb 22, 2012 1:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
A-R-Med wrote:

These were “spy” documents housed in the binder of a Quaran cover. Ideally they should have just been collected & shipped somewhere else for destruction. That was an error. But that is what happens when you start getting militaries worrying about costs.

Feb 22, 2012 1:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Wow! Just in the nick of time. As for the critics, they fail to correctly estimate the intelligence of the people that we are dealing with in the Middle East. If they understood just how sick people are of relgious wachos, then they might begin to make an appropriate appraisal of what is happening. Insensitivity to the Hyper Sensitive =’s reality.

Feb 22, 2012 1:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SFCMAC wrote:

@jimbowski: Yeah let’s not be bigoted against a culture of Islamofascist zealots who want to kill all the infidels (that includes you, sweetpea)and turn the world into Caliphate, starting with America. In case you forgot, muslims attacked this country and murdered almost 3000 people. Their avowed goal is domination of the West, through terrorism.

We are retaliating against a violent, ruthless, brutal Islamic culture that uses bombs, beheadings, stonings, and planes full of innocent people, to spread their message of “peace”. That message was proscribed by a frothing zealot in the 7th Century and they’ve been following his instructions ever since. Last I checked, they brought their “holy war” to us. We killed a lot of them and as far as I’m concerned, we haven’t gone far enough. I won’t apologize for it, either.

On 12 September 2001, I’d have leveled 3/4ths of the Middle East. Terrorists are bred, funded, indoctrinated, supported, and trained throughout that Islamic cesspool. I’d have started with all the capitals: Baghdad, Damascus, Kabul, Riyadh, Tehran, Islamabad, Amman, all of them. I’d have used MOABs and probably neutron bombs; a beautiful surgical weapon that delivers a high concentration of radiation to kill people but leaves structures intact. The radiation disspates quickly, thus making it safer for ground troop invasion. I’d have sent in the Army to finish off whatever and whoever was left.

That’s what I’d have done. They want a jihad, give ‘em one. But, I’m a former Soldier not a politician.

Screw Afghanistan.

Feb 22, 2012 1:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SFCMAC wrote:

@jimbowski: Yeah let’s not be bigoted against a culture of Islamofascist zealots who want to kill all the infidels (that includes you, sweetpea)and turn the world into Caliphate, starting with America. In case you forgot, muslims attacked this country and murdered almost 3000 people. Their avowed goal is domination of the West, through terrorism.

We are retaliating against a violent, ruthless, brutal Islamic culture that uses bombs, beheadings, stonings, and planes full of innocent people, to spread their message of “peace”. That message was proscribed by a frothing zealot in the 7th Century and they’ve been following his instructions ever since. Last I checked, they brought their “holy war” to us. We killed a lot of them and as far as I’m concerned, we haven’t gone far enough. I won’t apologize for it, either.

On 12 September 2001, I’d have leveled 3/4ths of the Middle East. Terrorists are bred, funded, indoctrinated, supported, and trained throughout that Islamic cesspool. I’d have started with all the capitals: Baghdad, Damascus, Kabul, Riyadh, Tehran, Islamabad, Amman, all of them. I’d have used MOABs and probably neutron bombs; a beautiful surgical weapon that delivers a high concentration of radiation to kill people but leaves structures intact. The radiation disspates quickly, thus making it safer for ground troop invasion. I’d have sent in the Army to finish off whatever and whoever was left.

That’s what I’d have done. They want a jihad, give ‘em one. But, I’m a former Soldier not a politician.

Feb 22, 2012 1:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Islander2010 wrote:

You cannot reason with savages.

Feb 22, 2012 1:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Twinspeedr wrote:

I’m SURE that there are no leftist community organizers or global labor union flunkies helping to foment the furor in Kabul they way they did in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, et al…

Feb 22, 2012 2:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

“Karzai urges calm as six die in Afghan Koran protests”

For ink on paper.

Let’s look at that again:

For INK on PAPER!

The sheer stupidity of religious zealotry is breathtaking.

Feb 22, 2012 2:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BarneyCrush wrote:

These islamist maniacs are the result of severe brainwashing and coercion–a.k.a. the koran and sharia law–and that brainwashing ultimately propells them into murderous rages and terrorism. Unfortunately, since most non-muslims are brainwashed with political correctness, we are probably doomed.

Feb 22, 2012 2:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
chizzlinsam wrote:

by setting fire to a building you have desecrated the earth…death by stoning!!

Feb 22, 2012 2:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IAMTheLight wrote:

I am a Christian. Let me ask all of you how you would feel if a foreign occupying army came to America and started burning Bibles? I would be absolutely outraged. There is a war on against ALL religions. There is a war on for our minds, freedoms and souls. We must not allow them to divide us based on race, religion or political parties. We must unite as freedom-loving, God-loving people who demand the right to worship as we choose and to live in peace and freedom. This incident was a travesty and a truly shameful moment for America. If you do not support the freedom of religion, then eventually they will come for your religion as well. True Christians would do well to seriously consider how much of our own religion has already been co-opted by our government!

Feb 22, 2012 2:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cainsaw wrote:

The sad part they where probable burned by a Private fresh out of basic that didn’t even know what he was burning. Some one told him to dispose of a pallet of books and he probable started burning. But on another note now they know how it feels when something that means so much to them is burned, a lot like most US soldiers feel after they see the American flag being burned.

Feb 22, 2012 2:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mikeween wrote:

When are these folks going to apologize for the killing of thousands of innocent civilians in the name of Islam?

Feb 22, 2012 2:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WutUP wrote:

Can we get out of there please? I love burning Korans as the next guy, but really, what is the point of colonizing that horrible land?

Feb 22, 2012 2:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TeaBagYou wrote:

This is why our generals suck.

Had you wanted to really kill the extremist whackos who are a threat to everyone around them, you would have had Koran bonfires.

Drone strike the violent retaliation mob and in one shot you’ve killed everyone within a hundred miles batshiat crazy enough to kill over a book.

No, you tried to appease them. So crazy zealots win instead of military stupid.

Kill the damn crazies and talk to the moderates. The moderates won’t go to the book burning.

Feb 22, 2012 2:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
smitty462 wrote:

Get out of the middle east and let the sons of bitches just kill each other. When they come cry for help. USA can advise them to put one billion dollars in our bank will be over to help

Feb 22, 2012 2:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Celador2 wrote:

I miss Bush! He had far fewer troops in Afghanistan. Obama has stoked theeh flames and fires in ME grown US presence with no end game.
What fool leaked the story of US buring a Koran on a heap of garbage? US security is not at all secure anymore than is NATO security if this kind of toxic stuff leaks out to the people, true or not

Feb 22, 2012 2:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Wattaguy wrote:

These idiots are still living in the sixth century… Unfortunately, they have 21St Century weapons…Dangerous combination…

Feb 22, 2012 2:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
theJoe wrote:

We all should get out and let the Afghan animals feed and kill each other. No one will ever bring them into the 21 century.

i stubbed my toe so lets kill some people, any reason at all they turn into a pack of animals and kill.

Feb 22, 2012 3:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

Bunch of medieval peasants – let one of their thugs burn a bible – do you see 1000′s of Westerners rioting & murdering??

They don’t seem to have grasped that all religions are just a huge con!

Feb 22, 2012 3:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
abigzz wrote:

Another Arab Spring has broken out.

Feb 22, 2012 3:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
yomikeya wrote:

Religion is the root of ALL evil.

Feb 22, 2012 3:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ajmccy wrote:

While one can never condone violence, in any situation, these protesters represent deeper rooted problems of cultural ignorance and indifference between both the Islamic people and foreign people in these countries.

Feb 22, 2012 3:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bossy600 wrote:

Lets get the damn religious war started so finally we can rest. For centuries the muslims conquered europe and the sand went to their heads.
Drop the bomb and they can have all the virgins they want.

Feb 22, 2012 3:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
newcomer27 wrote:

Can dialogue actually work with this mindset?

Feb 22, 2012 3:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Yirmin wrote:

Wouldn’t it be nice if the people over there would stop for one second and look at what happened when the books were burned. The sky did not open up, no lightning bolts came forth, no mystical hand of God reached out to destroy anyone…. nothing happened. That should be the first clue that it is just a book. Nothing more special than the Bible or a book on sex… pages and pages nothing more.

Feb 22, 2012 3:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cb2000a wrote:

You can now see why we need to get out of Afghanistan as soon as possible. Burning of the Koran is not a proper disposal, but the response is extremely unjustified and shows how mentally unstable these people really are. Let’s get out and get our people out of harms way and let them go about exterminating themselves which they have been doing for thousands of years.

Feb 22, 2012 4:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mcooprec wrote:

How childish and morally derelict these Afghan protesters are. In their chants of “Death to America,” it’s obvious the cardinal sin of murdering people is less offensive to them than burning a book.

What the hell are we doing in Afghanistan? They hate us, no sustainable progress has been made in the past 11 years we’ve spent there, and it’s bankrupting our country to remain there. Not to mention that most of the Afghan Army consists of drug-addicted pedophiles. And Karzai’s corrupt government siphons off billions of dollars in U.S. aid for their personal use. Al Qaeda has virtually no presence in the country anymore. We’re fighting the Taliban, who were never our enemy before 9/11. Wake up, Washington! This ineffectual and pointless war is destroying our economy and countless American lives.

Feb 22, 2012 5:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
happydance wrote:

Nobody believes these people are moral. When they stop murdering, maybe the rest of us will look at them as something more than barbarians.

Feb 22, 2012 5:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CannibalCat wrote:

Wait a sec… who exactly was it who burned these Korans in the first place? Either it wasn’t explicitly mentioned in the article or I just missed that line.

Feb 22, 2012 5:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Austell wrote:

Overthrow the government reuters!!!!! They are killing protestors!!!!

Arm the opposition!! Come on reuters put your weight behind it, lets overthrow the Karzai dictatorship!!!

They are slaughtering their own people!!!

Feb 22, 2012 6:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Triarius wrote:

We were sent an invitation we couldn’t ignore. It is sad, with all of the stupid and ignorant comments, yours is what finally prompted me to post. Last I checked there was a coalition from around the world inside Afghanistan, not just the United States of America. Each playing a unique role to assist Afghanistan in its recovery. NOT FROM OUR INVASION, but from over 20 years of CIVIL WAR.
If you had even read the article you would have realized the several officials from the United States have apologized to the Afghan people. This has had no effect being as they are still in upheaval over the incident.
I don’t know if you really understand what the situation is here though. If you want to play it as the United States is the only nation which has any control of what is going on in Afghanistan then fine.
The United States is the occupying nation. This means it no longer belongs to the people of Afghanistan while we choose to be there. Yes we have assisted in setting up a government but keep in mind, we have no obligation to play by Afghan rules. Yet we try to in hopes of maintaining stability and good relations.
The United States Military has shown an UNPARALELLED amount of discipline and restraint in dealing with the Afghan people both during and after the invasion. Compared to any other invasion in history the level of compassion and willingness to cater to the occupied culture from our troops has been phenomenal.
While I understand the many tribes of Afghan people hold a deep seeded love for their religion, I don’t believe a vast majority of them would revolt as violently as the news is portraying over this incident. There are too many reasons for me to mention.

Feb 22, 2012 6:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jsc221 wrote:

“Critics say Western troops often fail to grasp the country’s religious and cultural sensitivities.” – ‘That’s a polite way of saying Western troops are bigoted towards other cultures, which is true’.

Absolutely wrong angle top take. The US Forces take great pains to respect the culture of the Afghans. Is it perfect, 100% of the time? No, but they do their best. This was not intentional misuse of a Koran, it was an accident.

The response of these Afghans is so disproportionate to the perceived offense as to boggle the mind. What kind of religion condones behavior like this over an accidental disposal of a book? Funny how they never get this upset when the Taliban desecrate the name and image of islam with all manner of atrocities, crimes, and medieval behavior.

Feb 22, 2012 6:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

Unbelievable. If you are in the military or associated with it, you learn, or should have learned something about protocol and how not to offend everyone in the country where you are deployed. Besides that, it’s a no brainer. It’s lighting a match in a petrol station. I find it very difficult to believe they did not know what they were doing, and an apology after the fact seems disingenuous. Four members of my family have served in the military honorably. I find this incredibly irresponsible of the people involved who put every soldier at risk by doing something unbelievably stupid!

Feb 22, 2012 6:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Lucesociator wrote:

Please get our troops out of that stone age country and let them jump up and down throwing rocks at each other acting like a bunch of pre-historic chest thumpers. Who in God’s name thinks these people are anywhere near being able to join in with a civilized world, let them beat their women to death and subject them to the indignity of their tribal nonsense. Tired of all the Islamic BS

Feb 22, 2012 7:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
straightout wrote:

Let me guess: Some member of the Islamic community was walking down the street, and observed someone with a Koran at the embassy, and upon closer inspection found little pieces of pages of the Koran, all torn up.

This is the common accusation throughout Muslim lands where some Islamic (often one who can read) covets something and then accuses a neighbor, usually a non-Islamic neighbor, of tearing up pages of the Koran, always for some reason, into little bitty pieces. It’s always little pieces, mind you.

Then he rails and yells and a crowd gathers and he whips it up into a frenzy and they go and mutilate, rape, burn, pillage, and murder the person who has what the ‘fine upstanding member of the community’ wanted; all the illiterate Muslims gathering around for the ‘fun’ duty.

This is Islamic ‘civilization’. It is not safe for the rest of the world that any such ‘civilization’ to have WMD’s, or even a conventional or serious special forces military that can be a threat.

Feb 22, 2012 7:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
txbiker wrote:

These people are not worth the loss of American blood.

Feb 22, 2012 7:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dave148109 wrote:

“The Afghan Interior Ministry said it had ordered an investigation into the shooting.”

Let me help the Interior Ministry. Thugs attacked the embassy. Ergo, they got shot. End of investigation.

Feb 22, 2012 7:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dave148109 wrote:

Hopefully they got the identities of the people who were ready with Taliban flags.

Feb 22, 2012 7:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dickn52 wrote:

Who cares what these wankers think. They mean nothing. The Quran is disposed of by burning per Islamic tradition. Same thing we did by accident. It’s a non issue. If Karzai can’t control these mud hutters, then let the Taliiiban have them again. I’m tired of explaining myself to a bunch of sheep riding 4th worlders.

Feb 22, 2012 7:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jesse_james1 wrote:

Now they want us to get involved in another war in Syria because of all the killing but yet at a drop of a dime they loose their minds and justify the killings give me a break None of our business let their own people take care of it an we do have to worry about burning any books

Feb 22, 2012 7:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SVanNeuter wrote:

These stupid Americans would have done well to have learned the rules for the proper disposal of a Koran:

http://peacemoonbeam.typepad.com/bighairynews/2012/02/muslims-riot-over-improper-disposal-of-korans.html

Feb 22, 2012 8:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ConstFundie wrote:

Wow, there seems to be a substantial fraction of the middle east that is inextricably stuck in the Dark Ages and has absolutely no desire to move out and forward.

Feb 22, 2012 8:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tonyg10 wrote:

Are we supposed to admire that these people go to such great lentghs to protect their Holy Book. These same religious jerks who go to greater lentghs to kill and main anyone who does not agree with their fanatisism. Even their own family memebers are legitimate targets for their hate. The sad part is that even when they show how demented they are in their fanatisism portrayed in our country, the even more demented politicians here will go to their defense and fall over each other to be the first to apoligize to them. when we get get politicians with cajones to stand up to these morons?

Feb 22, 2012 8:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
oneofthecrowd wrote:

Time to say good bye to this opium den and help those who truly want it.

Feb 22, 2012 9:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
darkshadow wrote:

These people are scary! Who wants to get on a plane with any of them??

Feb 22, 2012 10:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FedupAgain wrote:

Islam is a gutter religion, these people will never be able to function in the modern world. Build a wall around their stink-hole countries and shoot anything trying to get out.

Feb 22, 2012 10:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
chewster wrote:

We need to remove our troops now…not later now.

Feb 22, 2012 10:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sulaiman-a wrote:

As an Afghan and a Muslim I would like to say that I would never burn a bible. You trolls are the true scum of society. If you are going to call us barbarians maybe you should look at your own history? Beginning with the genocide of the indigenous natives, moving on to the desecration of Africa and 400 years of slavery, not to mention violently overthrowing democratically elected governments in Central America and Iran, nuking Japan, and killing scores of east Asians in the name of Democracy? The list goes on and on and on, my civilized beacon of freedom brothers and sisters. Kudos on being the good guys.

Feb 23, 2012 12:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
ConstFundie wrote:

To sulaiman-a,

If violently attacking or murdering people over burning an object owned by them is being the good guys, then you can keep it. Burn all the bibles you want, as long as they are not another person’s personal property. I believe that a majority of Americans would not react violently to Christian bible burning. I believe a majority would rate it as disrespectful, some wouldn’t give a care at all, and some would get angry over it. But, i believe that a very small percentage would actually even want to kill someone over it, and they would be considered criminal, fanatical, and possibly insane. What fraction of Afghans would you estimate that would want to kill a person over burning a bible or Koran? I really would like to know if the reactions we are seeing are ubiquitous, or actually a small subset of people getting all the notice because of their extreme behavior.

I believe any God, or belief in a God, shaken by such a thing only admits the existence of vulnerability. Anything invulnerable by definition requires no actionable defense. Consequently, extreme and desperate defense of faith only proves the depth of personal doubt and the perceived vulnerability of one’s beliefs.

Feb 24, 2012 3:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Hogger wrote:

Time to get out..

Feb 26, 2012 1:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xrxtec52 wrote:

It is stikingly apparent, in way too many of these posts, that many people are uninformed fools! I would suggest getting more facts about what really happened before you begin to condemn our soldiers serving in a hell hole named Afghanistan. The story is that these Korans were inadvertently burned by Afghan workers on the base, NOT American troops. Also, the Korans in question were defiled by the incarcerated terrorist who used them, by writing messages and notes in the pages of the Korans. This, in and of itself, was against Islamic law concerning the Koran.
The final outcome is that a bunch of illiterate and violent Islamists will find any and all reasons to riot, kill, and protest.

Feb 26, 2012 2:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mixintl wrote:

Colonel Terry Jones should be courtmartialed. What kind or moron burns a Koran?…or any religious item?

Feb 27, 2012 6:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
lancewalters wrote:

People need to understand its there culture they live off that book like some americans do with the bible. I respect there devotion. Put yourself in their shoes if someone comes into your home country and trashes your culture you’d be pissed too. People need the get out of the box they live in and come to see there is more out to things then what we think. These are people that are tired of being pushed around and mocked. It is their country not ours. America needs to get out and get its greedy corrupt hands out of the worlds pockets.

Feb 27, 2012 1:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TOTL wrote:

Tell our troops to respect this “religion” started by a thieving pedophile once they’ve been ordered to stand by and witness a young woman being stoned because ‘we don’t want to offend’. Ask the 8000+ Hazzara how they feel about being exterminated by the Pashtu/Taliban in Mazar e Sharif in 1998. This is not a nation, it’s a zoo.

Feb 27, 2012 1:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Canuk1999 wrote:

They burnt the Koran, what did they expect would happen? I guess “Super Power” doesn’t extend to intelligence.

Feb 27, 2012 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UnPartisan wrote:

@Canuk1999

The proper way to dispose of a Koran is to burn it. I guess “Canuk1999″ doesn’t extend to intelligence.

Feb 28, 2012 4:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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