by Amy Reynolds
On February 20th, burned copies of the Quran were discovered at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The U.S. military admitted that they were responsible for not disposing of the books properly. In the wake of the incident, President Obama sent a formal apology to President Karzai and the people of Afghanistan; General John Allen (commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan) phoned Karzai to express regret as well.
In our highly polarized political environment, several in America—largely political opponents of the president—have spoken out, saying that the apology was too much. It has been suggested that the apology makes America weak, that there was nothing worth apologizing for, and that apology came from too high an authority. Some have accused the president of merely pandering to extremists. In the aftermath of the event, at least 40 people have been killed (including 4 U.S. soldiers), and hundreds have been wounded. Just yesterday, March 5, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the base in Afghanistan. Protest has erupted throughout many cities in the nation. [Read more...]