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US Government Admits Errors in Koran Burning

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 4, 2012

The New York Times reported that a US government’s investigation determined that errors were made by military and civilian employees that led to the Koran burning in Afghanistan.  These burnings then led to rioting and the death of six US soldiers recent days.

The destroyed Korans were owned by prisoners held at a US detention center in Parwan, Afghanistan.  Afghan civilian interpreters found notes written on the Korans that American officials feared were coded signals to the Taliban.  Approximately, 1,600 books of all types including a few Korans were segregated and subsequently sent to an incinerator for destruction.  An Afghan employee who saw the at stack included Korans stopped the destruction, however, four were badly damaged.

The Times reported that Afghan religious leaders demanded public identification and punishment of those involved with the Koran burning as the only acceptable remedy for the errors.  An Afghan religious leader said: “There are some crimes that cannot be forgiven, but that need to be punished.  This is not any book; this is the book of the whole Muslim nation, and if a few people are punished, America will not be destroyed.  But if that doesn’t happen, it will create animosity and enmity between America and the Muslim world.”

The unforgiving words of Afghan’s religious leader is too often the reaction within the Muslim community when it believes it has been wronged.  This call for revenge is a key cause of the violence and terrorism associated with some Muslim organizations.  It is also in conflict with any basic rule of governmental law.

The hard-line position expressed by the Afghan religious leader is also in conflict with the way the Muslim community often reacts to violence perpetrated by its community against non-Muslims.  For example, NBC has just reported that the graves in Libya of British soldiers killed in World War II have been desecrated, as well as Italian soldiers’ graves.  For this willful act of vandalism by Muslim extremists, the Libyan government offered an apology.  The West will appropriately except this apology as the Libyan people should not be held accountable for the acts of some renegades, even if those acts were willful.  Contrast this with how the Afghan religious leader responded to an error made by some American soldiers.  These opposing reactions show the disconnect between Western and Islam cultures.  This disconnect is too often ignored by Progressives like President Obama.

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