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    Afghans Protest Alleged Koran Desecration

    I like to hear especially from those who defended the Marines who urinated on dead bodies in Afghanistan.

    afghanistan_01 | Afghans Protest Alleged Koran Desecration | Global Spin | TIME.com

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    Afghans vent fury over Koran burning, U.S. apologizes

    Afghans vent fury over Koran burning, U.S. apologizes

    By Samar Zwak

    BAGRAM, Afghanistan | Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:24pm EST

    (Reuters) - U.S. helicopters fired flares to disperse hundreds of angry Afghans who massed outside the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday after hearing staff there had burned copies of the Koran.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued an apology for "inappropriate treatment" of Islam's holy book at the base to try to 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.

    Afghans vent fury over Koran burning, U.S. apologizes | Reuters
    Maybe this is sort of like tying to put out a fire with gasoline.


    US Commander apologises over reports troops burned Koran | thetelegraph.com.au
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    Re: Afghans vent fury over Koran burning, U.S. apologizes

    saw this today on the news, massive error.

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    Re: Afghans Protest Alleged Koran Desecration

    Can't please everybody.
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    Re: Afghans Protest Alleged Koran Desecration

    win the hearts and minds....

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    Re: Afghans Protest Alleged Koran Desecration

    pissing on the dead taliban was stupid but I understand why they did that ( dont condone it) but burning the Koran isjust asking for trouble. You their to protect the people not stir the hornets nest, the Koran is the most important thing in the world to any Muslim so to burn it is just asking for trouble.

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    Re: Afghans Protest Alleged Koran Desecration

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    pissing on the dead taliban was stupid but I understand why they did that ( dont condone it) but burning the Koran isjust asking for trouble. You their to protect the people not stir the hornets nest, the Koran is the most important thing in the world to any Muslim so to burn it is just asking for trouble.
    Well to be fair I don't think they burned the Koran just to spite people...did they? FWIW we have burned Bibles as well...that's how the US military handles everything it regards as waste/garbage that it doesn't need to use anymore. Burn or bury it. Burn poop. Burn Korans. Not saying they shoulda done it, but i don't think they did it just to piss people off.
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    Re: Afghans Protest Alleged Koran Desecration

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Well to be fair I don't think they burned the Koran just to spite people...did they? FWIW we have burned Bibles as well...that's how the US military handles everything it regards as waste/garbage that it doesn't need to use anymore. Burn or bury it. Burn poop. Burn Korans. Not saying they shoulda done it, but i don't think they did it just to piss people off.
    its a mistake at this point they should not be making, mistake or not it should not be happening and that mistake will endanger western forces.

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    Re: Afghans Protest Alleged Koran Desecration

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    its a mistake at this point they should not be making, mistake or not it should not be happening and that mistake will endanger western forces.
    Agreed, I'm all for being knowledgeable and sensitive to the culture of the country one's army is occupying.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

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    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Afghans vent fury over Koran burning, U.S. apologizes

    Does free speech include starting a fire in a theatre?
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