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Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:56 AM

I'm watching Mosaic News from the Middle East and there's this crowd of Afghans hurling stones, burning things and screaming death to America.  An American general has repeatedly apologized for what was an error but the Afghans say NO! No apology will suffice.  These people have known nothing but war for centuries.  I say leave them to their madness and use the intelligence from the region to target future threats.  IT'S A BOOK!  Paper and ink. And it's almost guaranteed that some will lose their lives before this protest is over.  
I hope that Obama keeps his word and removes our people from this hell hole by 2014.  But once we're gone I also hope that we obliterate utterly any new threat that even seems to be building in this pit of evil.  To hell with world opinion. :angry:

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:01 AM

View Postand then, on 23 February 2012 - 03:56 AM, said:

I'm watching Mosaic News from the Middle East and there's this crowd of Afghans hurling stones, burning things and screaming death to America.  An American general has repeatedly apologized for what was an error but the Afghans say NO! No apology will suffice.  These people have known nothing but war for centuries.  I say leave them to their madness and use the intelligence from the region to target future threats.  IT'S A BOOK!  Paper and ink. And it's almost guaranteed that some will lose their lives before this protest is over.  
I hope that Obama keeps his word and removes our people from this hell hole by 2014.  But once we're gone I also hope that we obliterate utterly any new threat that even seems to be building in this pit of evil.  To hell with world opinion. :angry:



Such a shame that it was the U.S. that trained them during the Afgan Soviet war. That madness you speak of is of a radical outlook to radicals bleeping with them.  The cia trained and gave them the ability to fight the soviets. Now we pay the price. *snip* look at the cause and effect.

There holy book is just a book, burning one is is not the issue.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:33 AM

View PostThe Silver Thong, on 23 February 2012 - 05:01 AM, said:

Such a shame that it was the U.S. that trained them during the Afgan Soviet war. That madness you speak of is of a radical outlook to radicals bleeping with them.  The cia trained and gave them the ability to fight the soviets. Now we pay the price.  Before you b**** and whine like a baby look at the cause and effect.

There holy book is just a book, burning one is is not the issue.
It certainly seems to be THE issue with them.  In fact you sound  condescending *snip*  for not recognizing what the post was about.  Using it to *snip* about your bias against America is not acceptable.  Go flame some other thread.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:01 AM

If any one is interested: http://www.slate.com...f_a_quran_.html

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:28 AM

No one should burn any book, never mind a religion's holy one. I might not agree with organised religion but I do believe in someone else's right to believe in it. And burning the Qu'ran is like burning a Muslims soul. They view that (quite foolishly) with a higher regard than anything else on the earth, practically. I mean, you're not even allowed to touch one until you've cleaned you hands. Despicable to be perfectly honest.

All this situation (no doubt given ample airtime) does is promote the falsehood that this is in any way a war against Muslims. There is another thread about the increase in Christian deaths at the hands of Muslims. With situations lik in the OP (not to mention occupying armies) is anyone surprised there is a backlash?

Edited by ExpandMyMind, 23 February 2012 - 10:30 AM.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:00 PM

Is there any indication that these were burned in a hateful manner ala Westboro? Or was it just a stupid mistake, by a private that really didn't want to be doing garbage duty and seriously wants home. But regardless it is a fair matter of fact that the general response of the Islam populace in that area to any such slight is to riot, burn buildings, and stuff, and more oft than not kill unbelievers. I know that historically Islam was the sane religion during the Inquisition and such(offering sanctuary to jews, anabaptist, and other non catholics) but they seem to have lost all that in the modern days and become solely signified by hate. I mean everyone can think of hundreds of Christian initiatives that aid people, but any Islamic organization seems to be either trying to kill someone, agreeing to it, or more or less saying "well it's really someone else's fault that we stoned such and such person to death". It's just rather sad how it's happened like that.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:07 PM

I reserve the right to burn any book that I own, for whatever reason. For example, if I think a particular book represents the psychotic rantings of a madman, then I should be allowed to burn it in public to make a statement to his modern day followers that I find their beliefs repulsive.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:09 PM



Silver Thong, and then - settle down and get back on topic

This is a volatile topic matter for some members, if you cannot debate it in a civil manner the thread will be closed.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:40 PM

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Silver Thong, and then - settle down and get back on topic

This is a volatile topic matter for some members, if you cannot debate it in a civil manner the thread will be closed.

For my part I never intended nor did I bait a confrontation.  But I will refrain from answering in kind in future.  Thanks

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:01 PM

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Is there any indication that these were burned in a hateful manner ala Westboro? Or was it just a stupid mistake, by a private that really didn't want to be doing garbage duty and seriously wants home. But regardless it is a fair matter of fact that the general response of the Islam populace in that area to any such slight is to riot, burn buildings, and stuff, and more oft than not kill unbelievers. I know that historically Islam was the sane religion during the Inquisition and such(offering sanctuary to jews, anabaptist, and other non catholics) but they seem to have lost all that in the modern days and become solely signified by hate. I mean everyone can think of hundreds of Christian initiatives that aid people, but any Islamic organization seems to be either trying to kill someone, agreeing to it, or more or less saying "well it's really someone else's fault that we stoned such and such person to death". It's just rather sad how it's happened like that.
The partially burned books were found by Afghans who were either scavenging or removing trash.  I fully understand their anger.  If I thought someone was intentionally burning bibles as an act of protest or incitement I'd be furious as well as just plain sad.  But the comparison ends there.  These people (Muslims) as a group seem to live to be offended.  It's like they feel that they are chosen by God and they have no rules or boundaries other than those few they impose on themselves.  The attitude is dangerous and destructive in the modern world.  I'm sure that individual instances can be provided of small groups of other faiths behaving similarly.  Jewish Haredi and some militant Christian "evangelicals"  but not nearly to the extent that Muslims as a whole demand a different standard.  America should leave Afghanistan to the Afghans.  It is their country and if they want to live in constant strife with illiteracy, poverty and violence then so be it. But if they begin building training bases for anyone intent on harming the West I would gladly see our air forces turn the offending camps to rubble.  It's not exactly like the UN has any legitimacy to speak out on such behavior any longer.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:11 PM

From what I understand you are allowed to burn copies of the Qur'an but only after certain steps have been taken. The prefered method of getting rid of old copies is to throw them in a river or something. I also believe worn out Bibles are also burned.

In all this does seem to be a honest mistake, though someone was very stupid for not keeping a closer eye on this. At the same time though rioting is a big overreaction imo. Protest, sure, but riot? Though I wouldn't be surprised if the crowd had only been told part of story by their local leaders in order to get them to react this way.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:33 PM

I read somewhere that these particular books were used by prisoners and it was believed by US forces that they may therefore contain coded messages.  This was why they were burned.  Respecting someone's religion and the right to practice it does not mean we have to follow their beliefs and do as they would do.  If these books were indeed used by prisoners then I'm sure that they remained the property of the US.  That means they were ours to dispose of as we saw fit.  It's time that countries mired in the tenth century realized that to be considered equals in modern society it is they who must adapt, not us.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:20 PM

View PostBig Jim, on 23 February 2012 - 03:33 PM, said:

I read somewhere that these particular books were used by prisoners and it was believed by US forces that they may therefore contain coded messages.  This was why they were burned.  Respecting someone's religion and the right to practice it does not mean we have to follow their beliefs and do as they would do.  If these books were indeed used by prisoners then I'm sure that they remained the property of the US.  That means they were ours to dispose of as we saw fit.  It's time that countries mired in the tenth century realized that to be considered equals in modern society it is they who must adapt, not us.
Agreed.  It was sickening to see a General Officer of the US practically begging apologies over this situation.  And if the Commander in Chief has not yet bent the knee I'm sure he will at some point.  These people understand and respect strength.  The idiot in the WH hasn't quite gotten that figured out yet.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:49 PM

Afghanistan is demanding those that burned the books be put on trial. Yeah can see this getting uglier.

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