Obama apologizes for Koran burning incident in Afghanistan

posted at 9:50 am on February 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

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.


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F obama!

dmann on February 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Is the right thing to do…

I have family members in the military unlike Romney, I don’t want someone getting killed because of this

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

When’s he gonna call the Pope and apologize for that birth control thing?

Rational Thought on February 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Yeah, capitulation to vicious murderers always tends to end well…

Vera on February 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

The muzzies care about his apology like I care about an earthquake on Pluto. Maybe if he does it in Arabic on Al-Jazeera…

Archivarix on February 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

president bendover

renalin on February 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Is the right thing to do…

I have family members in the military unlike Romney, I don’t want someone getting killed because of this

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Sure ya do, hon. It’s amazing. Every story of the day, and you have “family members” right smack in the middle of it, giving you the Absolute Moral Authority you need to post stupid things. Sure ya do, hon.

Rational Thought on February 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Walk timidly and carry a big bag of apologies.
We’ve come a long way from TR

Bevan on February 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

let them read Dreams Of My Father and deface that all they want…..it might tick off Bill Ayers though…./

holy books

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

holding accountable those responsible.”

That part is the disturbing part in all of this.

How do you hold someone accountable for burning a book? What part of the UCMJ covers this?

I want to see these court martial procedures on C-SPAN.

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Quick to apologize for America. Slow to defend our country.

kingsjester on February 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

He gives a middle finger to the Catholics of the US and apologizes to the Afghan Muslims…

Anyone wonder why people think he’s probably not a Christian….?

katy on February 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

what better way to facilitate a rapid retreat than to have one of the ACLU lawyers that work for you stuff a few dozen Korans in a burn bag meant for the interpreters, send the privates to the pit with them, then raise the flag on “wooops, thems Korans in there!”

I question the timing.

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Can we really ever have rational dealings with people who act like this? They do and say anything and expect no repercussions but even the slightest slight and they are up in arms and acting crazy. Someone needs to remind them who started this.

aniptofar on February 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I’m split over how this should be handled.

On one hand, my gut reactionary instinct is to say F them and double down on those who attack our troops. Religious extremism is a nuance and shouldn’t be any credence.

On the other hand, unfortunately the more harsh reality gets in the way of how I feel the world should be. At the end of the day you have to weigh,whether to doubling down on basically “f off” rhetoric is worth the price of inciting incredibly irrational people to attack our troops. While compromising with this people leaves a disgusting taste in my mouth, can I really be upset if our government says sorry in and effort to minimize violence against our troops? The realist/cynic in me says it won’t work but at the same time at least they can say they tried?

Realclearblue on February 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Seems like a good thread to link Ann Barnhardt’s burning of her bacon-bookmarked Koran.

Part 1
Part 2

The burning starts in part 2.

flyfisher on February 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I only fault them for not urinating on them first.

I have no more patience for a religion that is antithetical to free will. Any religion/cult that cannot keep worshipers without the threat of death deserves zero respect in my book.

NotCoach on February 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Here’s what Obama should have said:

“The korans in question were desecrated with writing in the margins, so we despised of them in accordance with Islamic tradition. I suggest you explain this to your people.”

Vera on February 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

sacrifice a few Mexicans for some gun control laws…..no problemo

sacrifice a few Korans to give you cover on exiting Afghanistan….no problemo

I really really question the timing. This is in the ‘too easy’ category

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Is the right thing to do…

I have family members in the military unlike Romney, I don’t want someone getting killed because of this

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM
liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The thread starts at 9:50 AM
Carnac the Magnificent uses a 9:38 AM post.

KOOLAID2 on February 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Ok, let me get this straight.

President Dipstick is against Catholics not providing birth control to employees because it is unconscionable to them morally and to him on some “made~up” criteria, and has to have a mandate to attempt to unilaterally enforce some recently made up HHS rule, but apologizes to another religion for an inadvertent action. Book burning isn’t illegal in the US. Why is it so different in a country we want to be like us ?

Suddenly President Jerkball has a conscience regarding religious protections ?

Laughable.

DevilsPrinciple on February 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

How about he apologize to the Catholics first!

ClanDerson on February 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

It’s a harmless sop to a barbaric culture that won’t do anything.

I agree we are under no obligation to pander to detainees by proving them with anything other than food and basic medical care.

Mord on February 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Quit apologizing. It makes things worse. Sorry Ed, you are just wrong on this. This is how they win. Ever seen Karzai apologize about anything? Maybe about his own government giving a death sentence to somebody for CHANGING religions?

And we are supposed to apologize for destroying materials prisoners were using to plot to kill us with?

We should leave. But tell them if we have to come back, it won’t be with any aid. It will be to re-do Dresden. Period.

Sorry but I’m sick of our people dying for these people and their caveman culture.

tottoritodd on February 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Anyone wonder why people think he’s probably not a Christian….?

katy on February 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Matthew 7:16)

flyfisher on February 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Someone needs to remind them who started this.

aniptofar on February 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Ron Paul? /s

UltimateBob on February 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Disposed, not despised.

Vera on February 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM

OT/

Why is that old guy in the pic wearing an awning cover? Did it fall on him when he stopped by for a quick bite at the “McHoney ‘N Locusts” trailer on the way to the meeting?

Mimzey on February 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM

So whose head is going to roll?(no pun intended)

docflash on February 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM

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.

Best option is to get the hell out of Dodge and let these animals do to one another what they have been doing for centuries. Why we continue to have military personnel among these ungrateful terrorists-in-training is beyond my understanding.

In other words, with a corrupt government like Karzai’s I say leave them to their own ends and remove the portion of humanity in the area that has evolved since the 16th century.

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Kill any Muslim who changes religion – permissible under doctrine.
Marry underage girls and consummate – permissible under doctrine.
Prevent any non-muslim from entering an entire city, Mecca – permissible under doctrine.
Wrap women from head to toe, but not men – permissible under doctrine.
Stone gays to death for being gay – permissible under doctrine.
Conversion by the sword – permissible under doctrine.

Why not burn the source of these caveman doctrinal atrocities?

Nemesis of Jihad on February 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Is he ever going to apologize for his presidency? That is who he really owes an apology to.

milcus on February 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The thread starts at 9:50 AM
Carnac the Magnificent uses a 9:38 AM post.

KOOLAID2 on February 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

That is what trolls do. Don’t take the bait.

UltimateBob on February 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

My book, my book, they burnt my book?

I so sorry, my ppl’s

angrymike on February 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

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.

Is that right? And just what punishment does Barry have in mind and under what section of the UCMJ? ANY repercussions heaped on the troops will be met with even more disdain for this poseur of a POTUS from the military.

“In the future, though, the US can avoid the problem by removing all of the Korans from detention centers.” – Ed

Now why didn’t someone do that long ago?
PC run amok, that’s why.
When are the Afghans going to apologize to US and thank US for OUR help?
Level the whole damn place and GTFO – the sooner, the better, but keep planes and drones in the air to smack those barbarians every time they rear their filthy heads.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

It’s not smart to apologize to Karzai. There’s no justification for rioting and killing people over the burning of Korans that have been defaced in the first place, but a ‘gee, I’m sorry’ makes it seem like there is. What were they supposed to do, give the books a funeral procession and allow them to lie in state or something?

If somebody burns a Bible, I don’t have the urge to run out into the street and start setting things on fire. Maybe that’s just me, though. Good lord.

changer1701 on February 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

So whose head is going to roll?(no pun intended)

docflash on February 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I’m sure that even now the Obama administration is figuring out just how high up the military they will have to scapegoat in order to pander to those who share the same faith as our jug-eared dictator.

Mr. Morrissey is right that bowing and scraping to (other) corrupt despots is a “free” way of relieving tensions but the fundamental question is why we still have a mission in Afghanistan at all. We are not accomplishing anything with these ungrateful terrorists-in-training. It is time to fold our tents and stop squandering blood and treasure on a people who deserve their place in the 16th century.

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM
eff that effing satanic book.

When there’s a church AND a synagogue in Mecca, when to koraniamals stop killing women, apostates, Jews, when they start that THEY are unclean rather than dogs, when they stop acting like savages and start acting like civilized beings, when they stop burning PEOPLE…then and ONLY then will I start caring when their worthless book gets burned.
Not before

annoyinglittletwerp on February 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

If you look at the headline pic, Hamid Karzai’s attire is suspiciously similar to the upholstery on Obama’s chair. Does this mean Obama is a Muslim?

Syd B. on February 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

As I posted in the headlines thread on this:

Let’s get to the truth here. The Korans had been confiscated from detainees at a detention center because they were using the books to write radical messages in. In Islam writing on or defacing the Koran in any way is forbidden and the defaced Koran must be destroyed. One of the recommended ways of destroying defaced (or written on) Korans is by burning them. There was no wrongdoing here, maybe bad optics, but this is a created scandal. No apology was necessary, but this POS president just can’t resist cow-towing to Islamic extremism. This administrations first reaction to any perceived slight? Apologize.

Trafalgar on February 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Holding ppl responsible, just like Fast@furious?
Will be promotions and reassignments?

angrymike on February 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Why isn’t Obama working on getting that Christian Pastor in Iran spared?

I guess he thinks that’s “none of our business”.

kingsjester on February 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The responsibility for the need to destroy them rests with the terrorists who defaced them in the first place.

Exactly. The way I understand it, it is blasphemy (punishable by death) to write in a Koran. So, the prisoners who were using these books to pass messages should be behe@ded.

UltimateBob on February 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Has he apologized to the family of the border patrol agent who was killed because he wants to get rid of the 2nd ammendment? Nah, Terry is an American!

Bambi on February 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

When will he apologize for the “inadvertent” killing of border patrol agents due to Fast and Furious?

kirkill on February 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Are you bleeping kidding me? Not that I am surprised that the apology tour continues. After all we need to have every one like us so we can be good with the cool kids in the world. Beheading people? No problem. Burning a book that terrorists were using to communicate with each other? A punishable offense. Bleep Obama.

ksmoola1 on February 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Trafalgar
I say burn them all!

angrymike on February 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

There was no wrongdoing here, maybe bad optics, but this is a created scandal.

Trafalgar on February 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

This is an excuse to riot in much the same way these same animals attacked our troops over the (false) story that Korans were being mutilated at Gitmo. Of course when you have a Muslim as President, you get our Commander-in-Chief siding with the terrorists-in-training and against the military he supposedly commands.

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Powers and principalities.

tom daschle concerned on February 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Mr. Morrissey is right that bowing and scraping to (other) corrupt despots is a “free” way of relieving tensions but the fundamental question is why we still have a mission in Afghanistan at all. We are not accomplishing anything with these ungrateful terrorists-in-training. It is time to fold our tents and stop squandering blood and treasure on a people who deserve their place in the 16th century.

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

and that conclusion right there is why all of this happened in the first place. How fortuitous for the WH, eh?

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 10:11 AM

When will he apologize for the “inadvertent” killing of border patrol agents due to Fast and Furious?

kirkill on February 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Terry and Zapata were sacrificed upon the altar of “gun control”….these Korans were sacrificed upon the altar of “get the BHO reelected”…..

it is all for a cause, the cause will continue…

ted c on February 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM

BREAKING: Affirmative Action President Acts with Affirmative Action in Mind!

ExpressoBold on February 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM

If the apology were verbal, President Omuzzy would have paused, looked down for drama, before humbly referring to the “holeee Kurahn.”

Nemesis of Jihad on February 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Wonder how many bibles were in that pile of books that were burned? It wasn’t just korans that were being thrown out. The military seems to be on a mission to destroy a lot of “religious” books recently.

I also wonder when the Obama administration is going to take action against the muslim countries that are persecuting and killing Christians. I guess that would be too much to ask since Obama’s a muslim and he knows what happens to muslims that change their faith. Just ask the former muslim turned Christian pastor in Iran who is under sentence of death.

iamsaved on February 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Why isn’t Obama working on getting that Christian Pastor in Iran spared?

I guess he thinks that’s “none of our business”.

kingsjester on February 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

That story makes me sick. I always wonder how many cases like that go unreported in the West.

flyfisher on February 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Finally Zerobammer found something to apologize for…

anikol on February 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

When will he apologize for the “inadvertent” killing of border patrol agents due to Fast and Furious?

kirkill on February 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

There is a big difference here. As your quotes highlight, there was nothing inadvertant about Fast and Furious. It was the American government knowingly let guns provided by the DoJ to be used in homocides as an attempt for this administration to attack the Second Amendment. Eric Holder went to Congress and testified that several hundred Mexicans had been killed by violence brought about by his department. Not once did he express regret for those deaths because, like all good socialists, he sees them as collateral damage in the bigger war against the United States Constitution.

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Does anyone think that if there was a real risk of violent Christian retaliation from Obama’s contraception/abortifacient mandate like there is from Muslims if you burn a Koran, he would have ever imposed said mandate in the first place? Just an observation.

The Count on February 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

If this impending punishment is anything like Slappy “punished” Gen. McCrystal for telling the truth off the record, the theater commander will be “allowed” to retire with all four (4) stars.
(btw, that fourth star goes with the position, not the man)

I dare Barry to “punish” anyone.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

He gives a middle finger to the Catholics of the US and apologizes to the Afghan Muslims…

Anyone wonder why people think he’s probably not a US citizen Christian….?

katy on February 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

DevilsPrinciple on February 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

As only about 30% of the country can read hell most of them wouldn’t know if it were the Koran or The Cat in the Hat.

Just another excuse to riot and kill people, we need to get the you know what out of that sh*t hole!!

lahlon on February 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Has he apologized to Christians for burning the Bibles yet?

jeffn21 on February 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Fact; any faith that values a manufactured object more than a human life is totally reprehensible and as such has no moral authority to demand or dictate anything. Islam is incompatible with western social norms, it loathes individual freedom, it is a perversion of humanity. Thanks again Mr. President for reminding everyone how morally corrupt you are, how spineless and dark your persona truly is, and how you insult freedom everyday!

dmann on February 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Can we really ever have rational dealings with people who act like this? They do and say anything and expect no repercussions but even the slightest slight and they are up in arms and acting crazy. Someone needs to remind them who started this.

aniptofar on February 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I’m assuming you are talking about the Obama administration.

dirtseller on February 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Why is it that moderates are never phased by the actions of our leftists?

faraway on February 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Why isn’t Obama working on getting that Christian Pastor in Iran spared?

I guess he thinks that’s “none of our business”.

kingsjester on February 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Good question. The United States does not have the kind of leverage with Iran to accomplish much but we have “allies” that do. I’ve got to wonder why the jug-eared despot or his pig-in-a-pantsuit SECSTATE are not working the phones trying to find a more Iran-friendly government willing to intervene on America’s behalf.

Could it be that if Obama can’t be the star of the show, he just isn’t interested?

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

When do we get an apology for their troops killing our troops?

What do they care about Korans? They can’t read them anyway.

NoDonkey on February 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

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.

Sure Ed, it is always smart for empty headed fools to apologize to Islam. It melts their hearts and opens their minds to empathy. How can democracy be far behind? Maybe toss in a girls school or some tanks and bags and bags of Continentals. Ask a Muslim adviser what to do, that never fails.

BL@KBIRD on February 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Why is it that moderates are never phased by the actions of our leftists?

faraway on February 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Because moderates do not have firm convictions or moral grounding. This is why Romney would be a disaster as President- he is a serverly moderate candidate.

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Still waiting for any leader of the Islamic world to apologize for that whole 9/11 thing.

Or Iran, 1979.

Or the terrorism throughout the 80′s.

Or Khobar Towers.

Or the USS Cole.

Or the Embassy bombings.

Or the high-jackings, car-bombings, assassinations of film-makers, the murder of children, the use of people as human shields, etc, ad nauseum.

Oh wait, I forgot.

They do what they do because of us not to mention they follow the religion of peace .

My bad.

catmman on February 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Welcome to Islam, the Religion of Peace!

http://iranpoliticsclub.net/photos/women-stoning/index.htm

They should apologize to the WORLD!

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Get our troops out of there now!!!!!!!!! Did Karzi ever thank us for being there? obama is a puke!

vietvet68 on February 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Why is it that moderates are never phased by the actions of our leftists?

faraway on February 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Because they don’t have a clue what’s going on.

They are woefully misinformed. That’s why they remain “moderate” on the issues.

By the way, the word is “fazed” not “phased.” They are homonyms. :-)

UltimateBob on February 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM

If I could have one Wish, it would be this:

I wish our government and military leaders whould stop appologizing to our enemies for defending ourselves against their aggression.

The texts in question where destroyed because the enemy was using them as communication devices furthering ther anti-U.S. agenda. In this they enemy was using their Qurans as a form of subversive secret-code system. Not so much secret, as protected. Pretty smart of them to use a communication method against us that we are afraid to compromise.

The falt of the Quran burnings is on the shoulders of the Islamists who used their theological text to further their subversive military and political agendas. It is not the fault of their enemy (us) for compromising this method of subersive communication.

Lawrence on February 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Here is where apologizing has taken you.

BL@KBIRD on February 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I think everyone is missing the point. It is our airbase and the Afgahns never should have known that we were burning anything at all. The one who needs to be held accountable is the one who told them we were burning korans. Whatever happened to keeping secrets?

paulrtaylor on February 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Anyone wonder why people think he’s probably not a Christian….?

katy on February 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Anyone that has the ability to think logically and rationally KNOW that he is not a Christian. After all, the Muslims have told us that once a Muslim, always a Muslim.

Not only that, there are very few, if any, actions that he takes that could be characterized as Christian.

Sporty1946 on February 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Here’s what Obama should have said:

“The korans in question were desecrated with writing in the margins, so we despised of them in accordance with Islamic tradition. I suggest you explain this to your people.”

Vera on February 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

+100

VietVet_Dave on February 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

If the radicals are going to use religous materials as logistical assets in an effort to wage war against us and if the whole damn country is going to go crazy wecause we treated them as such, it’s high time we rethink the mission.

Read that to mean GTFO and let Karzai have his “country”.

Mr. Grump on February 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Why haven’t we air lifted the Kabaa by helicopter to a point over the Indian Ocean dangling by a grappling hook? One false move and . . .

Nemesis of Jihad on February 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Does anyone think that if there was a real risk of violent Christian retaliation from Obama’s contraception/abortifacient mandate

The Count on February 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I would suggest that we are reaching a tipping point. Americans will only be pushed so far and given what Obama has been doing this past year, I can easily see the point where the protests and rallies from the right get violent. The left organized by Obama and organized labor into the “OWS” movement has already gone violent. I see no reason to think the right is going to remain non-violent in the current culture wars.

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Ruh-roh, I’m on the White House naughty list now. Below is text of the e-mail I just sent to the White House. Feel free to copy, paste, and send too.

Dear Mr. President.

I noted with interest that you sent a letter of apology to the President of Afghanistan over what you termed the “inadvertent error” of Korans being burned at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Notwithstanding the fact that the Korans in question had been defaced by detainees in violation of Islamic teachings and the recommended way of destroying defaced Korans is burning, I was heartened to see that your respect for religious practices prompted your response. Can we look forward to a similar letter of apology to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and perhaps the Vatican over your administration’s intentional trampling on the religious beliefs and freedoms of the Catholic Church by requiring the Church to provide contraceptives and abortifacients to its employees through their health insurance plans, or directly by those dioceses who are self-insured? As you have demonstrated in your letter to President Karzai, your respect for religious beliefs is very important and I would hope that your respect applies evenly and across all faiths.

Trafalgar on February 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Is Barry so naive not to realize that his apology does nothing to quell the Islamic fanatics and crazies, and makes him and American look weak on top of it.

galtani on February 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Anyone that has the ability to think logically and rationally KNOW that he is not a Christian. After all, the Muslims have told us that once a Muslim, always a Muslim.

Not only that, there are very few, if any, actions that he takes that could be characterized as Christian.

Sporty1946 on February 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The above is illogical from the perspective of a Christian or American in general. Do we accept Islamic tenants of slavery over free will? If the answer is no then the above is nonsense. Obama is whatever he chooses to be. If he is a secret Muslim it has nothing to do with the barbaric and nonsensical traditions of Islam. I reject entirely the obnoxious notion that an accident of birth or simply saying a few words locks a person into a faith.

NotCoach on February 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I think I love you, trafalgar.

Vera on February 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

…We’ll see how effective it is.

Ed..what should we look for? Seriously, it’ll most likely have the same effect as a abused person apologizing to the abuser imo…you know..a validated smugness and bolstered self righteousness on the part of the abuser.

Mimzey on February 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

The left does not respect religion. They respect power. And, there is nothing more powerful than the real threat that some religious people will irrationally murder people for even a minor affront to their religion.

The Count on February 23, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Happy Nomad on February 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Because we are not a bunch of ignorant, spoiled punks. OWSers act like pigs because that is what they are.

NotCoach on February 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Forget about the apologizing . . . just get out of the stink hole.

rplat on February 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

From Reuters:

Afghanistan President Karzai’s office says NATO promises a fair and public trial for Quran burners

We’re going to prosecute.

amerpundit on February 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

This president (Obama) makes me sick. Nothing he does is for the American people. This is just another one of the many examples that say “F*** *** America. I’m going to kowtow to other nations that are wanting to destroy us.”

Why don’t they riot when mosques are destroyed? Imagine all the quran’s burned at that time? It’s all just an excuse to commit violence, and nothing more, and shows the uncivility of the “religion”.

sadatoni on February 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Oh, Jeez! …

stillings on February 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Muck fislam!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Why is it that burning Korans is condemned by our military and our pResident,
but burning Bibles is approved and performed by the U.S. Military?

ITguy on February 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Trafalgar on February 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I really respect that, Trafagar.
If the country will survive, it will be because people stand up and start to voice their beliefs.

++++Brazillion

Mimzey on February 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Afghanistan President Karzai’s office says NATO promises a fair and public trial for Quran burners

We’re going to prosecute.

amerpundit on February 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

No investigation, no searching for the facts of the case…straight to trial. Who knew that NATO personnel come under Sharia law?

Trafalgar on February 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

So, our “president” is apologizing to our enemies for our Armed Forces destroying enemy propaganda materials? Isn’t that special.

Pork-Chop on February 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Once again, the Great Apologizer sacrifices our strength and ideals to appease a bunch of savages.
Hey BO, just as an FYI in case you haven’t received the memo yet: It doesn’t matter what you do, they’ll still hate us. And yes, they even hate you! They see you as a sock puppet of weak Western ideas, which is what they really hate. So do us a favor, ok? Knock it off. You’re not impressing anybody and the sooner we stop catering to these idiots the better.
I’m sick of my beloved country giving the impression we’re kissing everyone’s butt.

RadioAngel on February 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

It is a book. I am not particularly religious but doesn’t the Word mean more than the book? And shouldn’t the word reside in the heart? Couldn’t the burning, even IF it were done purposefully, be used to strengthen the Word in the heart? These Muslims are out of control and it is frightening that these are the ones who will try to wage jihad. They are looking for excuses to wage this jihad and they are being encouraged by their mullahs…sad.

allstonian on February 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Beware right-wing terrorists…

SouthernGent on February 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

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