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Obama apologizes for Koran burning incident in Afghanistan
Hotair ^ | 02/23/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/23/2012 7:03:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind

After several days of unrest in Afghanistan over the burning of Korans removed from detention facilities, President Obama has sent a note of apology to Hamid Karzai. Obama stresses that the destruction was inadvertent, and that those who made the “error” would be held accountable:

President Obama sent Afghan President Hamid Karzai a letter on Thursday apologizing for the alleged burning of Korans at a U.S. military base, Karzai’s office confirmed on its website.

“I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident,” Obama wrote. “I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies.”

The president concludes the letter: “The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.”

Was it really “inadvertent,” though? According to CNN’s report on the destruction of the materials, they had good reason to seize and destroy the books:

The Qurans were among religious materials removed from a detainee facility at Bagram Airfield. The materials were gathered for disposal and were inadvertently given to troops for burning, Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, said Tuesday.

“This was not a decision that was made because they were religious materials,” he said. “It was not a decision that was made with respect to the faith of Islam. It was a mistake. It was an error. The moment we found out about it, we immediately stopped and we intervened.”

A military official said the materials were removed from the detainee center’s library because they had “extremist inscriptions” on them and there was “an appearance that these documents were being used to facilitate extremist communications.”

Well, if detainees were marking up the Korans for “extremist communications,” didn’t that deface the Korans anyway? Either way, the US couldn’t return the books to the detention center after having discovered the secret communications added to them, and we couldn’t just store them forever, either. I’m not conversant on the proper destruction of Korans in the Muslim faith, but burning them sounds better than throwing them into a landfill. The responsibility for the need to destroy them rests with the terrorists who defaced them in the first place.

That brings us to the issue of the apology. Although I’m likely to be in the minority here, it’s probably a smart and cost-free move for Obama to apologize to Karzai. Regardless of how difficult it is to work with Karzai, he’s the best option we’re going to have in Afghanistan for quite a while. If an apology can bolster his standing in the face of the riots, or at least minimize the political damage he takes in this tempest in a tea cup, then it’s a minor trifle to offer it.

In the future, though, the US can avoid the problem by removing all of the Korans from detention centers. Let them read Hayek or de Tocqueville instead, and when they deface those books for their communications, no one will riot if we burn them. We are under no obligation to provide detainees with Korans, and that will avoid all of the problems associated with their handling and disposal.

Update: Allahpundit e-mailed me this new development:

“An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force service members in eastern Afghanistan today, killing two service members,” ISAF said.

ISAF did not identify the nationalities of the dead soldiers and gave no further details of the incident, which came on the third day of fierce protests against the burning of the Koran at a US-run military base.

Asked whether the events were connected, an ISAF spokesman would only say: “There was a demonstration in the province.”

Afghan troops defending a foreign base in eastern Nangarhar province had “joined demonstrators and opened fire on foreign troops”, a protester told the Afghan Islamic Press news agency.

Thousands of furious Afghans besieged a US base for the third day in a row on Thursday, throwing rocks and climbing up the outer walls.

If an apology can defuse that situation, then as I wrote above, it’s a cost-free sop to Karzai and Obama was correct to offer it. We’ll see how effective it is.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; apology; bhogwot; husseinobama; koran; koranburning

1 posted on 02/23/2012 7:03:21 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“I’m so sorry, Uncle Albert.”...


2 posted on 02/23/2012 7:04:23 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: SeekAndFind

Gee, that will help. /s


3 posted on 02/23/2012 7:04:48 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In other news, Obama apologizes to the bitter clingers.


4 posted on 02/23/2012 7:05:35 AM PST by MulberryDraw (Anyone see the democrat budget yet?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The “Panty-Waist-in-Chief” just can’t wait to appologize to someone about America!


5 posted on 02/23/2012 7:05:43 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: SeekAndFind

God I hate this..... I would say, Hey, you haven’t seen anything yet. Attack America again and we will have a giant muslim BBQ.... And you’re pissed about a bunch of toilet paper being burned...


6 posted on 02/23/2012 7:07:47 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: SeekAndFind

Whjy not just shutdown the embassy and go home too.


7 posted on 02/23/2012 7:08:04 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe if Christians rediscovered some of that Crusader militancy they would get some respect too.


8 posted on 02/23/2012 7:08:20 AM PST by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gee, you’d think they had burned little kids alive or something. How about “we’ll print some more to take their place” and that should be the end of it.


9 posted on 02/23/2012 7:08:26 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Barky bows deeply...


10 posted on 02/23/2012 7:11:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: SeekAndFind

Any word on when he’ll apologize to the babies he’s helped kill? Just wondering.


11 posted on 02/23/2012 7:13:43 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Obama - The United Nation's first U.S. Presidential Candidate)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
So, some terrorist detainees were using versus from the Koran's we supplied to them to stir up more terror mindedness amongst the other detainees, quoting from the Koran, and we took them away and sent them to be burned.

So what? Big whoop!

For Heaven's sake, we are treating these terrorists that we capture with kid gloves. Like we are somehow the culprits here...and the President of the US is in the forefront of this attitude.

These prisoners should be in solitatiry confinement and subjected to strong interrogation techniques, yes, including water boarding, until we squeeze evey bit of info we can out of them.

Then, under the Geneva convention, as irregulars, they should be summarily executed.

If the populations around there don't like it and riot in protest and in support of the terrorist enemies, then treat them the same way we treated the German and Japanese populations in World War II who supportewd the Nzis and the Emperor...meaning we bomb and fire bomb their cities until they abjectly surrender and want NO MORE fundamental Islam.

That's, IMHO, how this has to be handled or we will forever be fighting these people because we do not have the will to humble and defeat them sufficiently to produce a disavowal of this wretched, 17th century ideology.

12 posted on 02/23/2012 7:14:19 AM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: SeekAndFind

—Obama stresses that the destruction was inadvertent, and that those who made the “error” would be held accountable:—

I have a feeling Obama will be deeply saddened when he learns he can not have them beheaded.


13 posted on 02/23/2012 7:14:45 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind
He's apologizing to Muslims for this while at the same time he is taking away the 1st Amendment rights of Catholics.

WHERE IS YOUR APOLOGY TO AMERICAN CATHOLICS PRESIDENT OBAMA?"

14 posted on 02/23/2012 7:15:10 AM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: All

On The Drudge Report:

Afghans burn effigy of ‘Black Dog’ Obama...

Photo is included at the site.

Racist Afghans raging against our immaculate mulatto...


15 posted on 02/23/2012 7:17:14 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: SeekAndFind

So he apologized about burnings of a book that the majority of the Afghans CAN’T READ ANYWAY because they are illiterate. How do they even KNOW they were queerans if they can’t even read the damn thing?

If I were President I would announce that EVERY US Soldier would be issued a pocket sized queeran to carry in their back pockets so they could reference it when in dispute with a muslim. I’d ask that they read it so they can truly understand the mindset of the barbarian enemy. (Then slowly cut back on toilet paper supplies....)


16 posted on 02/23/2012 7:19:15 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

Why would Obama apologize to Catholics? “This is a Muslim country”. Remember?


17 posted on 02/23/2012 7:23:37 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind

Apologizes as it’s reported that two U.S. servicemen were killed by an Affganny soldier. What worthless MPOS!


18 posted on 02/23/2012 7:23:59 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: rfreedom4u

RE: How do they even KNOW they were queerans if they can’t even read the damn thing?

They were told by people they’d rather believe in WHO CAN READ.


19 posted on 02/23/2012 7:24:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Redleg Duke

Perhaps the White House needs its own YouTube channel where they may post a loop of Obama bowing.


20 posted on 02/23/2012 7:27:18 AM PST by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Greenies and Tree Huggers should be upset over this.

It is a waste of perfectly good toilet paper.


21 posted on 02/23/2012 7:33:42 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: SeekAndFind

He should be apologizing to all Americans for the way he intentionally destroyed this country.


22 posted on 02/23/2012 7:34:07 AM PST by THE_RAIDER (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing their idiot.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Every time this story is aired, I bet a few people decide to vote for Ron Paul.

Please explain to me if you can why this country full of asswipes is worth the life of one single American serviceman or woman.

23 posted on 02/23/2012 7:34:35 AM PST by Notary Sojac (A liberal, a conservative, and a moderate walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Hi. Mitt!!".)
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To: SeekAndFind

Too bad Zer0 isn’t apologizing for nuking Mecca.


24 posted on 02/23/2012 7:46:04 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind; xzins

Did he ever apologize for the Bible burning incident in Afghanistan?


25 posted on 02/23/2012 7:46:30 AM PST by P-Marlowe
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To: SeekAndFind

A true apology would be followed by ACTION: resignations by Obama and his #2, Joe Biden, ought to do the trick.

Of course that would make John Boehner the Commander in Chief. He would do a better job than those two clowns.


26 posted on 02/23/2012 7:47:04 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Notary Sojac

I wish I had said that. Well done.


27 posted on 02/23/2012 7:47:54 AM PST by Valentine Michael Smith (This world and at least one more.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Not that I ever heard.


28 posted on 02/23/2012 7:49:39 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: SeekAndFind
1. - Outrage over Bibles destroyed in Afghanistan

A Pentagon adviser is blasting what he calls an "egregious" and "politically correct" decision by the U.S. military to destroy Bibles sent to troops in Afghanistan.

Reuters reported earlier this week that Bibles in Afghan languages sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan were confiscated by chaplains and later destroyed to make sure that troops did not violate rules which bar them from sharing their faith. According to the report, the Bibles were destroyed after Al Jazeera television showed soldiers at a Bible class on a base with a stack of Bibles translated into the local Pashto and Dari languages.

2. - U.S. military destroys soldier's Bibles

3. - US Army destroys Afghan Bibles

4. - Bibles Destroyed in Afghanistan… By U.S. Military

29 posted on 02/23/2012 7:52:15 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama has directed our military not to tell the whole truth.

In fact, those Korans were used as intel portals. We are forbidden to confiscate or even handle Korans. All the prisoners were given identical Korans....by us.

That meant we could no longer distinguish one from another. Guess what? Their visitors showed up with the same Korans.

Yup, supplied by us.

Then, the visitors would simply swap Korans that were full of handwritten notes passing intel back and forth.

The prisoners did the same thing with each other. We finally figured that out and started confiscating Korans and giving out new ones.

We had no option but to harvest what intel we could and destroy the old ones somehow.

We should have just shredded them.


30 posted on 02/23/2012 7:56:51 AM PST by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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To: gandalftb

Who’s stupid idea was this?


31 posted on 02/23/2012 7:58:35 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: relictele

And use “Apologizer-in-Chief” as screen name.


32 posted on 02/23/2012 8:01:27 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: SeekAndFind

No apology necessary.


33 posted on 02/23/2012 8:06:43 AM PST by Shark24
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To: SeekAndFind
It's time to get out of Afghanistan and bring the troops home.

We no longer know who we are, what we are fighting for, or even who the enemy is. Why waste more of our military blood and our own treasure pursuing a fool's errand being led by a fool whose sympathies lie with the enemy?

34 posted on 02/23/2012 8:15:47 AM PST by Gritty (Bereft of national purpose 'These Colors Don't Run' bleeds to a grey blur on a distant horizon-Steyn)
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To: angcat

We are forced to use Afghan jailers, enter chaos.

The jailers also rat us out every time they can and we are not careful enough around them.


35 posted on 02/23/2012 8:50:32 AM PST by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

36 posted on 02/23/2012 8:55:34 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: SeekAndFind

No problem here...Karzai is sending US a letter apologizing for killing two of our boys...Oh wait! My bad...there are no stamps in Afghanistan.
BO STINKS....


37 posted on 02/23/2012 9:03:07 AM PST by UltraKonservativen (( YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!!!))
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To: gandalftb

Exactly! Why did this story get leaked? Why didn’t we shred them like you mentioned? Next thing will be Seal Teams playing in Hollywood movies. WTF is going on?


38 posted on 02/23/2012 9:49:41 AM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: gandalftb
This is an outrage. And that bastard is apologizing for this. Two troops were killed. I hope we hear from the families of these soldiers when all is said and done. I can't believe people will vote for the demonic man again.
39 posted on 02/23/2012 10:03:22 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Apologizing to terrosist. Tosday is Feb 23,,,,,, any bets Boko Haren, Sudan, Egypt, Somalia, Yemen, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iraq, Syria ( etc etc) pulls a MAJOR bombing or slaughter because his idiot apologizwd? Double the sand berms Christians, bend over and here comes the nobel peace prizer with such words of pacifism and ignorance not seen since Trotsky was murders, Joan of Arc( new she was fromnt lines not like golfer in chef with wookie mama), more like Me Chamberlain bamboozled by Hitler...what happened to all the hundreds of thousands of bibles. i say we light them muzzie silent but deadly farts on fire from now on. F**** them and FUBU!


40 posted on 02/23/2012 12:52:11 PM PST by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: gandalftb
"Then, the visitors would simply swap Korans that were full of handwritten notes passing intel back and forth."

Yes, that is what is SO galling - THEY has already descrated their own books by writing in them, and yet, they've got nerve to critize us for burning them!

41 posted on 02/23/2012 3:49:15 PM PST by jackibutterfly (Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth. :-))
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To: jackibutterfly

Whoops! They HAD....


42 posted on 02/23/2012 3:51:26 PM PST by jackibutterfly (Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth. :-))
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To: jackibutterfly

Remember, anything against the infidels is OK with the koran, including selling drugs, etc.


43 posted on 02/23/2012 6:32:37 PM PST by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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