Monday, February 27, 2012

Delegation in Afghanistan Deems Koran Burning “Inhumane” but Falls Far Short of Apologizing for U.S. Military Deaths

“In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate,” begins a joint statement by the delegations assigned to probe the “Bagram Incident” (i.e. issues of the Koran being burned and thrown into the garbage heap at a U.S. military base.).

And it continues with this:

“Following the insulting and shameful act of burning Quran in Bagram airbase that injured the religious sentiments of the Islamic world and particularly of the Afghan Muslim nation, two delegations comprising of representatives from government, the National Council of Ulemma and the National Assembly were assigned and dispatched to investigate the circumstances and causes that have led to the inhumane incident.”

With all due respect, “inhumane?” What in the world are they talking about?

How is burning a book – even a holy book – inhumane? It might be sophomoric, ignorant or sacrilegious. But inhumane? That seems like a pretty unbelievable stretch considering that no actual people were harmed in the initial incident.

There were, of course, people harmed afterwards, including two American soldiers who were shot to death and four others who were wounded by an Afghani military man allegedly retaliating for the perceived insult to Islam.

But “the Most Merciful” Allah, at least as portrayed by his Afghani representatives, doesn’t care a bit about that harm. On that issue, the delegation only says:

“In view of the particular security situation in the country, we call on all our Muslim citizens of Afghanistan to exercise self-restraint and extra vigilance in dealing with the issue and avoid resorting to protests and demonstrations that may provide ground for the enemy to take advantage of the situation.”

This is barely a chastisement, much less an apology. If anything, it comes across as a self-righteous indictment of those non-Muslim savages who are quick to construe data as they see fit. And even that inappropriate address is rendered null and void by the last point made:

“The delegations also want from the Afghan government to formally praise those brave Afghan army soldiers and all others who showed feelings against the disrespectful act by preventing more religious books and Quran copies from burning, so that the pure Muslim sentiments of our honored Mujahid nation can remain alive.”

Considering the rest of the letter – or even the point all by itself – it’s easy to read between the lines: Killing and wounding U.S. military personnel over the issue was justified and honorable.

Yet somehow, we’re the inhumane ones.

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