Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Afghanistan: Protests over Qur'an burning continue,compound housing foreigners attacked

No other religion reacts this way when their God or prophet is offended.  Even something like the "Piss Christ" display garnered no more than strong condemnation from those believing in Jesus.  Only Muslims physically attack due to a perceived affront, and they do so with obscene regularity.

It is the "religion of the perpetually insulted."

From the Guardian Feb 22 by Emma Graham-Harrison

Qur'an protesters attack Kabul compound housing foreigners

Afghan protesters armed with stones and molotov cocktails have attacked a military base and a compound housing foreign workers in Kabul, in a second day of violence over the burning of copies of the Qur'an by foreign forces.
At least 16 demonstrators and one police officer were injured as enraged crowds took to the streets in central and eastern Afghanistan, shouting "Death to America" and "Death to Obama".
Police in Kabul used water cannon and fired guns into the air to deter the demonstrators, who were attacking shops and smashing car windows. Security guards in the compound that came under attack also opened fire with automatic rifles.
Destroy what little wealth there is that is your neighbors, that'll show 'em!
A military base was attacked on the outskirts of the capital.
Eleven men were treated for gunshot wounds in Kabul, said Kabir Amiri, spokesman for the city's hospitals. Another five people were injured in eastern Jalalabad, said Ahmad Zia Ahmadzai, spokesman for the provincial governor.
They extinguished the flames and left the base with some of the damaged books, which had been taken from prisoners in a detention centre at Bagram.
A military official, who asked not to be named, said the books had been removed from the jail library because some had added inscriptions that appeared to be in use to "facilitate extremist communications" or were extremist "in and of themselves".
Nato-led forces rushed to apologise for the burning, which the commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, described as "not intentional".
Why would we "rush to apologize" if we had already thrown the Qur'ans in the trash, to be burned anyway?  And as for the claim that some of the writings were "extremist in and of themselves," could they have been talking about the Qur'an itself?
But damage to the Qur'an is a highly sensitive issue in Afghanistan and protests began almost immediately.
"When the Americans insult us to this degree, we will join the insurgents," said Ajmal, an 18-year-old protester in Kabul told Reuters.
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