President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has called the soldiers who threw out and burned Qurans with the trash at Bagram Airbase, Kabul, on 22 Februari 2012 'ignorant'. Imo the word he really was looking for must've been idiots
, with 23 killed, four members of the United States Armed Forces among them, over the course of mounting protests and street rioting. Add 55 wounded, many Afghan citizens in this number from Afghan Police bullets fired into increasingly threatening crowds, and 7 US soldiers injured by a grenade thrown at a police station.
Very unkind to call anybody an idiot, but forgodsake you're in Afghanistan, you have seen/heard the mosques, imans walk the streets, it is an Islamic country and you cannot figure what's gonna happen when you throw the holy book of Allah on the trash heap? (Even though pages of these Qurans were overwritten with extremist messages, a kind of prisoner info exchange.)
It gets worse because already the US had its forces on Youtube urinating on killed Taliban, elite Marine Snipers posing in front of the Nazi SS flag, then there were the NATO 'mistakes' like an airstrike killing 8 Afghan youngsters, and just across the border killing 24 Pakistani troops.
A segment of the Afghan population, of presumably more radical and literal faith in Islam, has protested and violently rioted for days. Photo Credit: Defense Forum of India.
President Obama and his generals have apologized big-time, using words like 'regret' and 'unintentional' but the Taliban will have none of it.
"Our brave people must target the military bases of invader forces, their military convoys, and their invader bases. They have to kill them (Westerners), beat them, and capture them to give them a lesson to never dare desecrate the holy Quran again"
The response from a segment of the Afghan population, presumably more radical and literal believers of Islam, has been to protest and violently riot for days, four US service personnel seem to have been killed by folks in Afghan Army uniforms, some apparently cleared for a highly secure area to get at a US colonel and major inside the Interior Ministry
. These killings are perhaps the biggest problem emerging from the Quran burning for America and its allies (my countrymen are training Afghan Police in Kunduz), because how can you train police and army if you are worrying about them shooting at their trainers?
Downright unworkable if you are in direct contact with Afghan collegues, enough to make you prefer avoiding them (which is of course totally impractical).
But the US can't just up and leave, having come to Afghanistan for a reason, it harbored Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, implicated in the 9/11 attacks, and America wants to deny this territory to terrorists, transform the country instead into as democratic and friendly a place as possible.
Can we turn Afghanistan into a friend of the west? I remember the Quran only allows for opportunist relationships with non-muslims, while condemning true friendships/alliances as betraying Islam, a punishable offense.
Quran, Surat 5:51
"O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people."
If there are Afghans, Pres Karzai or members of his government wishing to speak out for fairness and a more secular approach to the Bragram servicemen's lapse in judgement I'm not hearing them. If there are ONLY calls for their punishment (under Sharia law) and for violence against America, it means we may THINK we are in an alliance/friendship with Afganistan, but it is not mutual. Friends speak out to preserve the life of their friends, even very foolish friends.