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Posted on 05/18/2008 12:58:54 PM PDT by rocksblues
BAGHDAD (AP) - An American soldier used a Quran, the Islamic holy book, for target practice in a predominantly Sunni area west of Baghdad, prompting an apology from the U.S. military, a spokesman said Sunday.
Iraqi police found the bullet-riddled Quran with graffiti inside the cover on a small-arms range near a police station in Radwaniyah, a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad, U.S. military spokesman Col. Bill Buckner said in an e-mailed response to a query.
The shooting, which occurred May 9 and was discovered two days later, threatened to further strain relations between the Americans and Sunni allies who have joined forces with them against al-Qaida in Iraq in Radwaniyah and other areas.
The incident was first reported by CNN, which broadcast a ceremony at which the top American commander in Baghdad apologized to tribal leaders in Radwaniyah. The military confirmed the details in an e-mailed response to a query.
"I come before you here seeking your forgiveness," Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond was quoted as saying. "In the most humble manner I look in your eyes today and I say please forgive me and my soldiers."
The military statement called the incident "serious and deeply troubling" but stressed it was the result of one soldier's actions and "not representative of the professionalism of our soldiers or the respect they have for all faiths."
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When will the US government be apologizing for funding “Piss Christ”?
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go blow up a synagogue for this blasphemy....
tiny incident, apologies made. Isn’t it obvious the press WANTS moslems to start killing Americans over this?
The MSM’s going to have a field day with this one. They absolutely love a chance at getting the Islamo-nuts riled up against us.
While this may be true why would somebody do this knowing that it would create a huge mess if found out? I don’t like the double standard any more than the next guy but don’t hand your enemy propaganda like this.
I wouldn’t go quite that far, I’d call it plain common sense.
There’s a bit of difference between using a Quran for target practice in Baghdad and doing so in your own backyard.
Like, duh? “Hearts and minds?”
Gosh, what a terrible thing...oh the horror....how, er, um, uncivil or something like that....
If people would quit posting this crap, it would die. The MSM is moving on. Let it die.
There’s always one a-hole who screws up the good work of everyone else. Someone that brain-dead should be sent to a base in Siberia(on an exchange program with the Russians)or somewhere else where he can’t screw things up.
The commander also read a letter of apology by the shooter, and another military official kissed a Quran and presented it to the tribal leaders, according to CNN.
maybe it IS time to leave.......I just puked.
You should see the koskids outrage over this one. Almost 700 posts defending the muzzie holy book and how shameful they are about being Americans. I wonder if B. Hussein Obamamama will have a few comments about this.
That soldier wasted some perfectly good toilet paper.
Friend of mine, ex-military, collects Dem candidate posters and yard signs after elections are held and uses them for target practice.
God knows I’m not a Muslim lover, but this was a very, very stupid thing to do. Especially with the press breathing down our nexts, looking for every opportunity to make trouble and stir up Muslim rioters.
You probably got it right 3 times ... Bupkes, zip, nada. They didn't even have a thread about it.
That reminds me. I have to find another one. I used a page from mine every morning. Just because I can...
Speaking of toilet paper, I can remember when some Palestinian gunmen occupied the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002. These Palestinian gunmen used the Holy Bible as toilet paper during their occupation of the church.
The Muslim faith is conspicuously absent from our founding documents. Our leaders swear oaths with ther left hand placed upon the Holy Bible. The larger part of our citizenry has not the slightest clue with regard to history and could care less either way.
Have a nice day.
I hope the shooter didn’t disturb the parts of the Koran that call us pigs and apes that should be converted, taxed of killed. /s
I sure hope that was a sarcastic joke.
if it was the Bible the media would be claiming “free speech”
Sometimes, ah, let me change that, most of the times the main stream news sounds more like a bunch of gossipy trouble makers. You know there is such a thing as not blabbing every little incident. This kind of news only causes more division and doesn’t help anyone.
Yeah they did, & most of the Eastern churches condemned Israel for the whole incident. The men responsible were deported & received by various countries instead of punished. Pathetic, huh?
I didn’t see the sarcasm tag, either.
Maybe we should alert the FBI and BATF.
Tis a terrible thing, better to keep it and use it for toilet paper.
Ooooooo! Not our beloved 'Sunni allies'! Frankly, I don't care if the Sunnis, the Lunnis, and the Munnis all take their camels and ride off a cliff. I've never seen a more presumptuous, arrogant bunch of savages in my life, or a people less deserving of the gift of American lives.
This story can never be posted too many times. What happened again? Someone took a leak on a Korean?
“An American soldier used a Quran, the Islamic holy book, for target practice in a predominantly Sunni area west of Baghdad”
MY GOD!!!! I am stuned! This is SERIES! The ONLY important question at this point can possibly be....How good was his grouping?
That soldier is welcome to my home for dinner anytime. Geez. The media really likes to perpetrate the PC junk.
DING DING DING, We have a winner!
US military: soldier shot at Quran for practice
oops, reminds me that I forgot toilet paper when at the market today
OMG!! Who give a RIP about this issue??
That afternoon, the priest who hung out at the college was going through the trash bins retrieving the Bibles that were thrown in them. He was a good and decent priest, and I think his heart was broken by what many of the students had done with those Bibles.
That story never even got into the school papers much less the local news.
They kill our soldiers without a thought. Some poor smuck says I have had enough. You all agree with the enemy!
First thing that popped into my mind. ;-)
Unfortunately, our allies in Iraq are also Muslims, and we have to try to deal with them.
As I think I mentioned, I’m as hard on Islam as anyone, but this was a foolish and unnecessary thing to do, for a soldier in Iraq. When you’re in the military there are times when you have to keep your personal opinions to yourself.
Good Job Morgana,
Has anyone ever burned the Koran on Youtube?
No one believes it happened.
We have no allies in Iraq. There are no Moderate Muslims.
This soldier really screwed up. Instead of leaving it laying around, he should have burned it after he was finished with his target shooting.
Well, that’s a whole other kettle of fish, if it was a faked incident.
Like the Koran flushed down the toilet.
Well, I said “unfortunately.” Allies of convenience? We have had some pretty strange allies in the past, like Uncle Joe Stalin.
The whole business of disrespecting a Koran is a piece with the worship of wooden idols. Mohammad burned the wooden idols at Mecca. Modern Moslems have brought it back but fashioned the wood pulp into Korans.
Still the same old idolotry. These people are such hypocrites.
Exactly. They trumpet this stuff far and wide in hopes that violence against Americans in Iraq or Afghanistan will ramp up.
The anti-American media makes me sick.
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