Violent protests erupted outside the main US military base in Afghanistan and in Kabul over allegations that foreign troops had set fire to copies of the Quran. Military brass bend over and beg the enemy for forgiveness.
DAWN (H/T Sharon H) Thousands of protesters besieged Bagram airbase, north of Kabul, throwing petrol bombs which set fire to a gate, an AFP photographer said.
The ‘dhimmified’ US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, said he had ordered an investigation into a report that troops at Bagram “improperly disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials which included Qurans”.
“I offer my sincere apologies for any offence this may have caused, to the president of Afghanistan, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and most importantly, to the noble people of Afghanistan,” he said. (Noble? How can 7th Century savages be noble?)
Sidiq Siddiqi, an interior ministry spokesman, confirmed the demonstration and said reinforcements were sent to the area, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of the capital to prevent possible violence.
Another protest by about 500 people broke out in the Pul-e-charkhi district of Kabul not far from major Nato bases on the Jalalabad road, police spokesman Ashamat Estanakzai told AFP.
Similar protests have in the past turned violent in Afghanistan, an extremely devout Islamic nation where an insult to the religion carries the death penalty. About 10 people were killed and dozens of others were injured during days of unrest unleashed last April over the burning of a Quran by American pastor Terry Jones in Florida.
Funny, no apologies were forthcoming when the U.S. military forced troops to burn all their personal bibles in Afghanistan.