Skip to comments.US military: soldier shot at Quran for practice
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