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Bush apologises for Koran shooting in Iraq: TV
Agence France-Presse (excerpt) ^ | May 20, 2008

Posted on 05/20/2008 3:44:24 AM PDT by HAL9000

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BAGHDAD (AFP) — US President George W. Bush has apologised to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki over the shooting of a Koran by an American soldier near Baghdad, state television announced on Tuesday.

"The prime minister received an apology from US President George W. Bush on the incident of shooting of a Koran by a US soldier," Al-Iraqia television said.

US military authorities in Iraq have apologised to the local community west of Baghdad where the staff sergeant fired at the Koran during shooting practice on May 11.

The unidentified soldier, who pumped bullets into the Muslim holy book and wrote an expletive inside, has since been expelled from his unit and sent home.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apology; bush; iraq; koran; quran
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1 posted on 05/20/2008 3:44:24 AM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

Damn george was the grouping not tight enough?


2 posted on 05/20/2008 3:46:11 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: HAL9000

Bush has jumped the shark.

3 posted on 05/20/2008 3:48:18 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: HAL9000
The unidentified soldier, who pumped bullets into the Muslim holy book and wrote an expletive inside, has since been expelled from his unit and sent home.

Waste of a perfectly good sniper! The only real mistake that he made was not burning the said Koran after he was finished.

4 posted on 05/20/2008 3:49:40 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

It’s easy to shoot metaphoric holes on the book of mo-HAM-MAD.


5 posted on 05/20/2008 3:54:56 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: HAL9000

If the Sgt was going to use a Koran for target practice, he should have kept it to himself.


6 posted on 05/20/2008 4:00:57 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: imahawk
Damn george was the grouping not tight enough?

LOL.

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The President is a gentleman and a statesman and a leader; a pearl that swine just can't stand.

He does the right thing and takes the petty heat that comes with it.

It's one thing to want to piss on the Koran. It's quite another to keep yourself a gentleman and restrain the urge, putting to more effective use elsewhere. And still another to know your God is big enough that you don't have to be lowered to the level of those who just don't get it.

7 posted on 05/20/2008 4:01:55 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

George will eventually be apologizing for of the cross Ingram wears on the O’reilly Factor.


8 posted on 05/20/2008 4:03:27 AM PDT by Radl
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To: HAL9000

Ironicaly, this “surrending” from Bush to Islamists is reported by ....a FRENCH agency!


9 posted on 05/20/2008 4:03:47 AM PDT by darkness78 (y)
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To: HAL9000
He should have apologized.

Shooting the queeranus was a waste of toilet paper!

10 posted on 05/20/2008 4:06:11 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (If you're not following Jesus, just who are you following, and where are they leading you?)
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To: HAL9000

I despise islam! But what a dumba$$ thing for that soldier to do! Great effort has been put forward to gain the cooperation of the iraqi people, and he pulls a dumb stunt. He’s finished in the service.


11 posted on 05/20/2008 4:06:41 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: HAL9000
The unidentified soldier, who pumped bullets into the Muslim holy book and wrote an expletive inside, has since been expelled from his unit and sent home.

This soldier is either a. crazy or b. looking for a discharge.
12 posted on 05/20/2008 4:08:11 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: HAL9000

Geeze...the Commander apologized—wasn’t that enough? How about Muslims apologizing every time they desecrate a Bible or a Torah? Oh, wait, that will never happen.


13 posted on 05/20/2008 4:11:01 AM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: HAL9000
So, a book is shot and the leader of the free world apologizes.

When do you think Islamic leaders will apologize for killing 3,000 people on a quiet September morning in 2001?

14 posted on 05/20/2008 4:11:36 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Me no bottom man. Me top man.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

anybody know what the average IQ of the Iraninian folks are. Must be down there to convince them of such barbaric beliefs!


15 posted on 05/20/2008 4:12:22 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (AMEN)
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To: FReepaholic
So, a book is shot and the leader of the free world apologizes.

When do you think Islamic leaders will apologize for killing 3,000 people on a quiet September morning in 2001?

Hey! Whoa, whoa...apples and oranges, there, dude, apples and oranges...let's not get crazy...

16 posted on 05/20/2008 4:13:31 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (From "hooah!" to "meh..." in only three weeks' time...)
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To: HAL9000

Obviously done to offset the apologies given by the followers of Islam for the killing of Christians worldwide.

Yea, right..


17 posted on 05/20/2008 4:14:45 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: rbg81

“How about Muslims apologizing every time they desecrate a Bible or a Torah?”

Or for the deaths of the Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Chaldean Christian deacons, priests and hierarchs they’ve gunned down in Iraq and not one of the perps caught because its OK for our dear allies, the devotees of the Religion of Peace, to kill Christians with impunity.


18 posted on 05/20/2008 4:17:05 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: HAL9000

This helps contradict al-qaeda’s and the American left’s propaganda that the U.S. is waging war against Islam.


19 posted on 05/20/2008 4:18:14 AM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I’m sick and tired of these politicians who apologize to muslims continuously while making no effort to discuss muslim attitudes and behavior toward non-muslims in Islamic “societies.”

In George W. Bush’s case, he should probably apologize first for creating another Islamic nation (Kosovo) in Europe and for turning a blind eye to the nasty Wahabbi activities being carried out by the Saudi regime (incl. INSIDE the USA).


20 posted on 05/20/2008 4:18:40 AM PDT by indcons
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To: the invisib1e hand
The President is a gentleman and a statesman and a leader; a pearl that swine just can't stand.

There is a big difference between a gentleman and a chump. Bush is a chump. A chump takes his shoes off in a mosque 5 days after 9/11. A statesman would never have done so. Say what you will about FDR, but it would have been unimaginable for him to have visited a Shinto shrine 5 days after Pearl Harbor.

21 posted on 05/20/2008 4:20:50 AM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

FDR wasn’t relying on the help of millions of Japanese to assist us against Tojo. The comparison is invalid.


22 posted on 05/20/2008 4:37:06 AM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: montag813
There is a big difference between a gentleman and a chump. Bush is a chump. A chump takes his shoes off in a mosque 5 days after 9/11. A statesman would never have done so. Say what you will about FDR, but it would have been unimaginable for him to have visited a Shinto shrine 5 days after Pearl Harbor.

unhnn...

23 posted on 05/20/2008 4:47:08 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: HAL9000

I think his behavior is right


24 posted on 05/20/2008 4:48:55 AM PDT by qinxuefei
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To: HAL9000

Hey George!!!!
DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!

If you’re going to open your mouth, here’s list of one-liners:

- The foundation of Obama’s foreign policy is appeasement, why is he complaining when his speeches are full of it?

- Americans should not appologize for their prosperity, they should teach the rest of the world how they can also achieve prosperity.

- The ‘Global Warming’ lie is just an elite excuse to deny prosperity for the poor of the world.


25 posted on 05/20/2008 4:52:18 AM PDT by G Larry (HILLARY CARE = DYING IN LINE!)
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To: death2tyrants

Let’s not forget the destruction of Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem when the palestinians defiled and occupied this holy and sacred Christian site for a month. Where was the outcry?


26 posted on 05/20/2008 4:52:46 AM PDT by yorkie01
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To: HAL9000

Strong horse, weak horse. Guess which one we look like when we make stupid apologies like this?


27 posted on 05/20/2008 5:00:52 AM PDT by manic4organic (Send a care package through USO today.)
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To: HAL9000

Does anybody, including George Bush himself, remember George Bush saying right after 9-11 “you’re either with us or against us”?

Do any of these politicians know what it’s like to live in the daily hellhole and danger of mortal combat and yet have to worry about some JAG or moronic politician safe at home in Washington looking over his shoulder question every move he makes?


28 posted on 05/20/2008 5:02:13 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: HAL9000

Good. Some people think the way to victory is to unnecessarily offend people. They are wrong.


29 posted on 05/20/2008 5:06:38 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT (Green, but not gullible)
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To: FReepaholic

No. But then, we are better than they are.


30 posted on 05/20/2008 5:08:02 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT (Green, but not gullible)
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To: FReepaholic

Also, Bush is the one in charge of that soldier.


31 posted on 05/20/2008 5:08:35 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT (Green, but not gullible)
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To: rbg81
How about Muslims apologizing every time they desecrate a Bible or a Torah?

Or, after they lop the head off of a Christian?

32 posted on 05/20/2008 5:08:52 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

What’s happened to the forum here? Where are the articles listed like we used to have it?


33 posted on 05/20/2008 5:10:25 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you, Jimmy Carter for all you've done to make the world a safer place.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

That’s it; a good sniper leaves no trace of his passing through. This was his big mistake.


34 posted on 05/20/2008 5:11:28 AM PDT by Sender ("Why is it that I can't just eat my waffle?" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I despise islam! But what a dumba$$ thing for that soldier to do! Great effort has been put forward to gain the cooperation of the iraqi people, and he pulls a dumb stunt. He’s finished in the service.

Couldn't have said it better my self.

35 posted on 05/20/2008 5:12:41 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: death2tyrants
FDR wasn’t relying on the help of millions of Japanese to assist us against Tojo. The comparison is invalid.

Is that what we're doing? Relying on Muslims to assist in the defeat of Islamofascists? Not working too well, as we have discovered with Muslim FBI agents refusing to tape terror suspects, and Muslim Arabic translators passing messages to terrorists (and...). Bush is a chump because he will never accept what any sensible person anywhere in the West can see: the war is with Islam. But his disgrceful mosque visit after 9/11 and this silly apology is nothing next to his efforts to promote Albanian Islam in the heart of Europe, and his browbeating of Israel to create a terror state for the sake of his own legacy.

36 posted on 05/20/2008 5:16:05 AM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813
Say what you will about FDR, but it would have been unimaginable for him to have visited a Shinto shrine 5 days after Pearl Harbor.

Well he did know the attack was coming and that a war mobilization waas the only way to reapir the dammage his failed socilaist policies had done to an already depressed economy.

That about covers it.

37 posted on 05/20/2008 5:17:32 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: All
All of you W apologist make me ill. Islam is the enemy. They do the same thing to the Bible on a regular basis. It is war. Bush should NEVER have apologized. Shows weakness in the ME mind. If it was important to him the soldier's CO should of apologized and the discipline carried out - leaders DO NOT apologize in the ME. The ME laughs at our apologetic President today.
38 posted on 05/20/2008 5:21:54 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Will this thread be jacked by a Mormon?)
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To: HAL9000

Why? When did anyone EVER publicly apologize for burning, ripping, or otherwise destroying, a Bible?


39 posted on 05/20/2008 5:27:34 AM PDT by madison10 (“To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.”)
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To: manic4organic
Strong horse, weak horse. Guess which one we look like when we make stupid apologies like this?

That is what so many on this forum will never understand.

40 posted on 05/20/2008 5:30:11 AM PDT by montag813
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To: HAL9000
Quit playing into their hands Mr. President! We'll apologize for dishonoring their precious book when they make amends with the families of the American's they've beheaded.
41 posted on 05/20/2008 5:30:34 AM PDT by Pookee (in but not of)
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To: HAL9000

He’s as big a whip as his daddy.

What the hell happened to this guy?


42 posted on 05/20/2008 5:40:10 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Iraq's WMD's will be found in Syria after Bush leaves office. God will vindicate a righteous man.)
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To: HAL9000

He’s as big a whimp as his daddy.

What the hell happened to this guy?


43 posted on 05/20/2008 5:40:23 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Iraq's WMD's will be found in Syria after Bush leaves office. God will vindicate a righteous man.)
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To: HAL9000

Should have had a terrorist holding the book close to his chest, while shots were taken.


44 posted on 05/20/2008 5:48:04 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: Sender

I believe they were at a range, and Iraqi soldiers were the ones that cleaned up the targets, at least, that’s what I heard.


45 posted on 05/20/2008 5:56:55 AM PDT by stuartcr (Election year.....Who we gonna hate, in '08?)
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To: HAL9000

No riots yet? Those people get more upset about a US GI shooting a Koran than they do about terrorrists shooting their children.


46 posted on 05/20/2008 6:15:05 AM PDT by wny
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To: Brilliant

Maybe, but our government funds works of art such as the “piss christ” and a painting of Mary with cow crap on it. I heard this story this morning and trembled with anger. Bush absolutely sucks.


47 posted on 05/20/2008 6:22:43 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

It was either apologize for the actions of one soldier who disobeyed orders with his ill-advised stunt, or make the situation more dangerous for all of the troops and other Americans abroad. I’m sure it was an extremely unpleasant call for President Bush, but obviously it was the right call to make in terms of our national interests.


48 posted on 05/20/2008 6:28:45 AM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: HAL9000

I wonder what McArthur would have done had a soldier gotten caught desecrating a Japanese holy book, or the like, during the occupation of Japan. I’m thinking I would not have liked to have been that soldier.


49 posted on 05/20/2008 6:33:43 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: rbg81

Where you been? Bibles and white people can be desecrated, spit on, despised and put down at all times, any situation. It’s the new political correctness. ;)


50 posted on 05/20/2008 7:02:35 AM PDT by Fawn (I got a pocket full of sunshine.......http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=RzNWJ3VVG24)
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