Afghanistan has exploded after a number of Korans were burned by U.S. officials at a military detention center. It seems anti-American messages were scrawled on the covers, so they were “disposed of.” Ever since word of this came out, Afghans have been rioting, killing NATO personnel, and demanding that the Americans who did this to be tried in an Islamic court. Meanwhile, the generals and the President himself are falling all over themselves apologizing, as our progress in pacifying the country melts away.
How could anyone in Afghanistan not know what the reaction is going to be from burning a Koran? When that Florida preacher was considering doing it, Afghan mobs killed 12 people.
I’m not justifying the reaction, but the point is, the cultures just don’t understand each other. We had better just leave.