- Post 28 February 2012
US soldiers guarding a prison holding dangerous combatants in Afghanistan, discovered Korans had been used to pass information amongst the prisoners. Some sort of code had been written in these books and they were used to pass secret information. Evidently the soldiers hadn't gotten the latest Fatwah regarding the disposal of defaced Korans and burned them.
The innocent burnings of these books has sparked religious outrage and caused the murder and injury of US troops throughout this country. For 6 days all hell has broken loose in this land, as if a floodgate had been thrown open,
But is this just symptomatic of something far greater than the burnings of a few books? How many Korans have been destroyed and burned by Taliban strikes on the people of Afghanistan?...and yet we saw no mass demonstrations by the native population against these acts.
Of course in a different time, the United States waged war to win war, we (and our allies) won a world war in less than four years in the 1940's. In World War II, as American forces entered Germany, if our forces were fired upon, artillery opened up on the village and flattened it. That put a quick end to resistance as folks learned there would be consequences, especially with American Generals like Patton in command. The German people soon sought out and exposed or killed those amongst them who wanted to continue the war. Resistance to American presence and our help soon ceased. America stayed in Germany to help rebuild the country into the economic powerhouse it is today and also to guard against Soviet expansion.
But Afghanistan has proven to be a totally different sort of war. After 10 years of "winning hearts and minds" it appears it is still a dangerous, violent country, ready to explode at any sort of spark, like one from a burnt Koran. ... continues...