Will The Americans Ever Learn?

Once again we have a furor of hatred against the American forces in Afghanistan caused by desecration of the Koran. Once again people have died because American troops failed to heed the warnings of the past.

Bagram Air Base Afghanistan

This time it seems that copies of the Muslim holy book were thrown into the garbage ‘by mistake’ and burned by unthinking idiots at Bagram air base. Naturally the desecration was discovered by Afghan civilians working at the dump and, once again, all hell has broken loose. To date six people have died and scores wounded in protests across the country at this action that can only be classified as crass stupidity. One would have thought the military commanders should have learnt from the previous occasion when riots broke out in response to a similar action by the idiot Pastor Terry Jones of Florida in 2010. But no, they make the same mistake all over again.

Muslim Rage At Bagram

When people in the command structure don’t take notice of Muslim hysteria at the burning or otherwise desecration of the Koran its no wonder the Afghan people hate them so much. The danger of course is they are driving more recruits into the arms of the Taliban by such thoughtless acts. One protester in Kabul told Reuters: “When the Americans insult us to this degree, we will join the insurgents.” You have to ask how many more are of this frame of mind, and its for sure the Taliban will use this in their propaganda war against American forces.

It makes no matter what you do to win the hearts and minds of the people, if you continue to make these serious errors in judgement it all goes down the toilet.

Mass Protest

Wake up America! You may be doing a lot of good in the world, but thoughtless acts such as this are making you the most hated country on earth in the Middle East. You can apologise to the people until hell freezes over but it won’t make a jot of difference to how the Muslim people see you. You have been in the Middle East more than long enough to understand the paranoia of the Muslim mind, especially when it comes to their religion, and yet you continue with such actions. It may have been a mistake, but a bigger one I have yet to see.

The Holy Koran

It seems to me the Pentagon perhaps needs to issue a General Order to all American troops to keep their hands off the Koran in all its forms, for a third mistake of this gravity could be sufficient to turn every man, woman and child in the whole arab world against you. Perhaps it is also time to make an example of a senior commander as a way to impress upon others the seriousness of such a rash act.

Without a doubt, this thoughtless act will remain in the minds of Muslims for a very long time, and there is no guarantee they will ever forget. I for one just hope this thoughtlessness does not cost American lives. Remember the words of Napoleon Bonaparte: “Those who ignore the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them”! Words to live by.

Roy. 

2 Responses to “Will The Americans Ever Learn?”

  1. Michael Johnson Says:

    As an American, I would like nothing more for our troops to leave Afghanistan. Burning the Koran’s was a mistake, no question about it. That’s why American leadership at all levels has apologized for it. But the violence and murder that has followed is orders of magnitude worse. It also shows to me that the Afghan people don’t deserve the time, lives, and cost that Americans are bearing trying to bring some peace and prosperity to their country. Time to leave.

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    • Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your comment. I agree one hundred percent! But as I pointed out, mistakes of this magnitude are inexcusable, for the people on the ground in Afghanistan should have learnt by now how paranoid Muslims are when it comes to their holy book, and for sure, an apology falls on deaf ears. If that wasn’t enough, they had ample warning of the kind of reception such an act would receive when that idiot preacher burnt a copy of the koran. Then too there were riots in the streets, and that should have been lesson enough. I agree wholeheartedly that the people of Afghanistan are not worth any of the coalition deaths, but on the other hand, it was a case of allowing the Taliban to rule the country and give al Quada a safe haven from which to operate. Mind you, as I see it, that might again happen.
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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