Remember all the rioting Christians and profuse apologies from the president and military commanders when the U.S. Military burned a shipment of Bibles sent to Afghanistan? Yeah, me neither.
Even more ironic, those Bibles had been sent as a gift for Afghans who might want to exercise the unalienable right to choose their own religion instead of the one forced upon them by Sharia law. Isn’t that what America stands for?
In contrast, the Korans which were destroyed had been defaced by terrorist prisoners who were scribbling secret messages to one another on the “sacred” pages – an act which is expressly forbidden in Islam. Confiscating and destroying coded terrorist messages was exactly the right thing to do, and the terrorists should be thankful we didn’t destroy the prisoners instead, for they show no such mercy to our troops.
Yesterday, Afghanistan saw its third day of rioting after workers collecting garbage at NATO’s Bagram air base found charred remains of religious texts, including the Koran. The texts in question had been defaced with extremist propaganda and had been disposed of. It’s unclear who did the disposing, but it was reported that the process was overseen by a U.S. officer. Since then, crazed mobs have gathered in Afghan streets chanting “Death to America,” and the Taliban urged Afghans to “continue seeking revenge until punishment is dished out with your hands.” On Thursday, outside a U.S. base in eastern Nangarhar province, an Afghan soldier did just that, killing two American soldiers and escaping into the welcoming arms of an approaching mob.
U.S. Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the international forces, quickly noted the “error” of the burnings, ordered an investigation and apologized to “the noble people of Afghanistan.” President Obama then upped the ante with a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, saying the United States “will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.” There has been no reciprocal pledge of accountability from Kabul. Instead, the Afghan government has demanded that NATO place the offenders on trial, though no Western laws were broken.
Our so-called “ally”, President Hamid Karzai, is demanding that whoever burned the Korans be put on trial – which, since no western laws were broken, would mean subjecting U.S. service personnel to Islamic religious law. Robert Spencer observes:
What could the charge possibly be? Whoever did it didn’t break any law except Sharia, which NATO has not (yet) adopted. And that’s what this whole controversy is really all about: it’s another Islamic supremacist attempt to force non-Muslims to abide by Sharia provisions.
Obama, no stranger to groveling before America’s enemies, issued an apology, which will of course be construed by the Muslim world as admitting guilt. In their minds, that will justify MORE jihad against us. The Washington Times Editorial page concludes:
…two U.S. servicemen lie dead, betrayed by a member of the Afghan military they were in the country to train. These troops were defending an Afghan regime that seems to believe their deaths were justified. What offends Americans is not just the obsequiousness of Mr. Obama’s response but its one-sidedness. Mr. Karzai will not apologize for the deaths of our troops, for the American-flag and Obama-effigy burnings or for the uncivilized behavior of his volatile people. Nor will Washington demand such an apology. Mr. Obama should have learned by now that bowing to foreign mob violence only justifies and encourages the extremists. Counterinsurgency means never having to say you’re sorry.
Newt Gingrich insiststhat it is Karzai who owes the U.S. an apology:
“There seems to be nothing that radical Islamists can do to get Barack Obama’s attention in a negative way and he is consistently apologizing to people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the United States period,” Gingrich said. “And, candidly, if Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, doesn’t feel like apologizing then we should say good bye and good luck, we don’t need to be here risking our lives and wasting our money on somebody who doesn’t care.”
Obama apologizes for the inadvertent Koran burning this week; now the U.S. trained and protected Afghan Army can apologize for killing two of our soldiers yesterday.
Robert Spencer notes the ironic hypocrisy of Obama’s treatment of rioting Muslims vs. dissenting American Catholics:
Obama paused for a moment from trying to force the Catholic Church to deny its teachings to assure the Afghan people that the U.S. would strictly abide by Sharia provisions regarding the handling of the Qur’an. Maybe if Roman Catholics regularly flew into violent rages when their religious sensibilities were insulted, they wouldn’t be in this fix.
Of course, the Taliban don’t consider Obama’s apology sufficient, and are urging Afghan soldiers to turn their weapons on the very American soldiers who have trained and equipped them, reports Moshtaq Mojaddidi at AFP:
The Taliban exhorted Afghans Thursday to attack and kill foreign troops to avenge the burning of Korans at a US-run base, but stopped short of cutting off contacts with American officials in Qatar.
Of course they’re not interested in “cutting off contacts” in Qatar. The American taxpayers are funding their new base of operations there, thanks to the Obama administration. It’s part of his appeasement plan to hand Afghanistan back over to the very terrorists who harbored Osama Bin Laden and have been attacking U.S. troops for over a decade now. Predictably, appeasement has only made the aggressors more aggressive:
“You should bring the invading forces’ military bases under your brave attack, their military convoys, kill them, capture them, beat them and teach them a lesson that they will never again dare to insult the Holy Koran,” said a Taliban statement sent to media.
It appears the Afghan troops don’t need much encouragement to betray their American counterparts. Yochi J. Dreazen observes at the National Journal:
…the two U.S. soldiers killed during the protests in Nangarhar Thursday were the latest additions to a grim tally of so-called “green on green” violence (the phrase is a reference to the color of the uniforms historically worn by military personnel) throughout Afghanistan.
This year alone, an Afghan soldier opened fire at U.S. soldiers playing volleyball at a base, killing one and wounding several others. Another Afghan soldier killed four French soldiers less than a week later, prompting Paris to suspend its training mission in Afghanistan and threaten to accelerate its withdrawal from the country.
U.S. officials had consistently argued that such attacks were motivated by financial problems, personal stress and other prosaic concerns, not ideological affinity with the Taliban. But that case is increasingly difficult to make as more and more Western troops die at the hands of their Afghan counterparts.
A leaked report prepared last year for the American military command in Kabul found that Afghan soldiers and police officers attacked Western troops at least 26 times between May 2007 and May 2011, killing approximately 58 U.S. and NATO troops. The pace of such attacks has been steadily increasing since 2009, the report found. The worst single incident occurred in April 2009, when an Afghan officer killed eight American troops and one U.S. contractor.
“Lethal altercations are clearly not rare or isolated; they reflect a rapidly growing systemic homicide threat (a magnitude of which may be unprecedented between ‘allies’ in modern military history),” the report said, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy. U.S and NATO declarations that the attackers were motivated by factors other than ideology “seem disingenuous, if not profoundly intellectually dishonest,” the report said.
All of those attacks took place before the fury unleashed by the Koran burnings, suggesting that there is already a pool of Afghan troops pre-disposed to committing acts of violence against Western troops. The Taliban are calling for more such attacks. Barring something unforeseen, extremist Afghan troops seem likely to listen.
This quote was being passed around Facebook today and it hit the nail right on the head:
“Islam is a religion that inspires VIOLENT OUTRAGE over the destruction of inanimate objects, such as a Quran, and RELATIVE INDIFFERENCE toward the extermination of human beings in the name of Allah.
President Obama apologizes about the burning of a few books that contain 109 verses of hate, murder and terror against all human beings who are not Muslim… Meanwhile, Muslims have committed 18,471 deadly terror attacks SINCE 9/11… 270 million murders in the 14 hundred year history of Islam.. Where is the outrage over that, Mr. President? Where are the apologies from the “peaceful Muslims?” ~ Jan Morgan