Well now… the Afghan people are upset that U.S. forces have burned some “holy” books. Well “detainees” were using these holy books to pass secret messages between themselves (which according to their religious tenets is a no no) and when found out the books were burned in a justified attempt to squelch unacceptable communication between prisoners. And as now being pointed out one of the accepted methods to dispose of desecrated holy books. Good job by both sides. The prisoners because that is what is to be expected by those held in captivity. And by the captors because that is exactly needed to maintain orderly control over their “detainees”. Now an uproar over the burning has sparked outrage by ungrateful Afghanis to the point that 2 American Service personnel have been killed. As this current administration has already announced to leave this AOR it’s probably a good time to let these people figure out how to live on there own. These people don’t want our western help in their country and they’re upset and want our military personnel to leave. Well lets go. Don’t announce the process, don’t apologize, don’t say a word. Just leave. Slowly and steadily leave. Enough U.S. blood and treasure for these ingrates. Let the Taliban burn their Mosques and brutalize their people. Unless the entire Afghan government is replaced then there is no viable support in country for our personnel and it is stupidly reminiscent of Vietnam. We’ve been there done that and it seems the host county people are letting their choice of how they want to live known to the world so let them live… or die the way the want. You don’t have to have a degree in geo politics to know what happens after the U.S. leaves, but who are the American Armed Forces to go against the will of the Afghan people. You want to live under a tyrannical Taliban regime then so be it. Enough is enough. No amount of begging, deal making, coercion, overwhelming use of force, is going to change these people. They have lived under oppression for so long they refuse to stand up for themselves and as such the U.S. should quietly and steadily depart. For those Afghanis who have figured it out…. LEAVE things are going back to the way they were…. GET OUT FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY! Oh, and you’re welcome.
Afghans start fresh protests; march towards Presidential palace
– 24th February 2012 (54 minutes ago) By AFP Anti-US demonstrations erupted in Kabul and across Afghanistan on Friday in a fourth day of protests over the burning of the Holy Quran at an US-run base, police and witnesses said.The crowds shouted “death to America” and security forces fired into the air in Kabul, where at least one demonstrator was shot in the hip.
“We have demos in five locations in Kabul,” senior police official Mohammad Zahir said. “We have no violence so far.”
Other protests broke out in northern Baghlan and Kunduz provinces, as well in central Bamiyan and Ghazni and eastern Nangarhar.
The demonstrations erupted after the main Jumma prayers with at least one mullah in Kabul urging the faithful to take to the streets over the desecration of the Holy book.
Bloody demonstrations since Tuesday have killed 15 people, including two American soldiers, forcing US President Barack Obama to apologise over the Quran burning at the Bagram airbase north of Kabul.
The government had called for calm to prevent Taliban insurgents from capitalising on fury over the incident, while the US embassy warned that protests could turn violent and target Westerners.
Afghan protesters march towards presidential palace
- By Mirwais Harooni
KABUL | Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:37am EST
(Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators marched towards the palace of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Friday, as a fourth day of protests erupted over the burning of Korans at a NATO base, with riot police and soldiers on high alert.
One protester was wounded by police gunfire, Reuters witnesses said.
Police fired into the air to try to disperse the crowd of men throwing stones and chanting “Death to America!” and “Long live Islam!” after they left the city’s Blue Mosque following Friday prayers.
Friday is a holy day and the official weekly holiday in Afghanistan and mosques in the capital drew large crowds, with police in pick-up trucks posted on nearby streets.
Crowds of about 700 protesters also gathered in the eastern city of Jalalabad and the volatile southeastern province of Ghazni, where people chanted “We will defend the Koran!,” Reuters witnesses said.
U.S. President Barack Obama sent a letter to Karzai apologizing for the unintentional burning of the Korans at NATO’s main Bagram air base, north of Kabul, after Afghan laborers found charred copies while collecting rubbish.
Muslims consider the Koran to be the literal word of God and treat each copy with deep reverence. Desecration is considered one of the worst forms of blasphemy.
Afghanistan wants NATO to put those responsible on public trial.
“These apologies are fake. The world should know that America is against Islam,” Iranian cleric Ahmad Khatami said in a speech broadcast live on state radio.
“It (the Koran burning) was not a mistake. It was an intentional move, done on purpose.”
In central Kabul, elite anti-riot officers in protective jackets and helmets secured intersections after complaints that security force numbers had been insufficient to deal with the protests in which 11 people, including two U.S. soldiers, have been killed.
“Although peaceful demonstrations are the right of people, we strongly urge our countrymen to fully avoid turning them into violent ones,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.
Most Westerners have been confined to their heavily fortified compounds, including at the sprawling U.S. embassy complex and other diplomatic missions.
The embassy, in a message on the microblogging site Twitter, urged U.S. citizens to “please be safe out there” and expanded movement restrictions to relatively peaceful northern provinces, where large demonstrations also occurred on Thursday, including the attempted storming of a Norwegian military base.
The Taliban urged Afghan security forces on Thursday to “turn their guns on the foreign infidel invaders” and repeatedly urged Afghans to kill, beat and capture NATO soldiers.