NATO Burns Koran - Afghans Kill Each Other

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. pspr


    Over reaction by a country of religious zealots and Islamists. It just seems like we could use this stupidness to our advantage. Such as flying an Iranian plane with Iranian markings over Taliban areas and drop out burning copies of the Koran.

    Of course, whom ever authorized the burning of the Korans at Bagram Airbase must be an idiot.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed for calm Wednesday after officials said six people were shot dead and dozens wounded in protests over the burning of copies of the Koran, Islam's holy book, at NATO's main base in the country.

    The U.S. embassy said its staff were in "lockdown" and travel had been suspended as thousands of people expressed fury over the burning, in protests that flared for a second day in several cities.

    It was a public relations disaster for U.S.-led NATO forces fighting Taliban militants ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.

    The U.S. government and the American commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan apologized after Afghan laborers found charred copies of the Koran while collecting rubbish at the sprawling Bagram Airbase, about an hour's drive north of Kabul.

    The apologies failed to contain the anger. Afghans took to the streets again, chanting anti-American slogans and some raising white Taliban flags in the capital.