Five die in Koran burning protests
WHEN copies of the Koran were set alight at the US Bagram airbase military base in Afghanistan – they were tossed into a fire pit used for rubbish – Afghanis reacted with predictable anger. News is that five people had been killed and many more hurt.
Last year, lives were lost when protesters furious at the burning of a Koran by juvenile attention-seeking Florida pastor Terry Jones stormed a UN compound.
General John Allen, the US commander in Afghanistan, said the texts “were inadvertently taken to an incineration facility”.
Idiots burn texts to cause offence and foment violence, the clowns giving grist to the mill that Islam is under attack. They place Western forces in danger.
The Americans confiscated the Korans and other religious documents because they believed prisoners were using them to hide messages to each other, two senior Afghan officials told the BBC
But why burn them?
Image: Afghans shout slogans during an anti-US demonstration in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Anti-American demonstrations continued for a second day Wednesday in Afghanistan over what the U.S. has said was the inadvertent burning of Muslim holy books at a NATO military base. The effigy depicts U.S. President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)