Sunday, February 26, 2012

Afghanistan: 12 more die in Qur'an burning protests

The more we apologize, the greater Muslims anger becomes.  As we continue to show weakness more will die, and it is all due to the perpetually insulted religion, Islam.

From The Montreal Gazette Feb 25 by Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi

12 die protesting burned Quran

Twelve people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest day yet in protests that have raged across Afghanistan over the desecration of copies of the Muslim holy book at a NATO military base.

All of them Muslim.

Hundreds of Afghans marched towards the palace of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, while on the other side of the capital protesters hoisted the white flag of the Taliban.

Chanting "Death to America!" and "Long live Islam!," protesters also threw rocks at police in Kabul.

Friday is a holy day and the official weekly holiday in Afghanistan and mosques in the capital drew large crowds, with police in pickup trucks posted on nearby streets.

Armed protesters took refuge in shops in the eastern part of the city, where they killed one demonstrator, said police at the scene. In another Kabul rally, police said they were unsure who fired the shots that killed a second protester.

Seven more protesters were killed in the western province of Herat, two more in eastern Khost province and one in the relatively peaceful northern Baghlan province, health and local officials said. In Herat, around 500 men charged at the U.S. consulate.

U.S. President Barack Obama had sent a letter to Karzai apologizing for the unintentional burning of the Qurans at NATO's main Bagram air base, north of Kabul, after Afghan labourers found charred copies while collecting rubbish.

Muslims consider the Quran to be the literal word of God and treat each copy with deep reverence. Desecration is considered one of the worst forms of blasphemy.

Yet the fact that the scorched Qur'ans had handwriting in them, blasphemous according to sharia law, seems not to be the core of their rage.  Hmmm...

Afghanistan wants NATO to put those responsible on public trial.

In other words, uphold sharia law.

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