This is not just about dishonoring the Koran, it is about disrespecting our dead and killing our children. They always admit their mistakes. They burn our Koran and then they apologize. You can’t just disrespect our holy book and kill our innocent children and make a small apology.
Maruf Hotak, commenting about the recent protests in Afghanistan in reaction to its largest U.S. base burning Qur’ans and referring to an episode in Helmand Province when American Marines urinated on the dead bodies of men they described as insurgents and to a recent erroneous airstrike on civilians in Kapisa Province that killed eight young Afghans.
From Glenn Greenwald: The causes of the protests in Afghanistan:
The U.S. has violently occupied their country for more than a decade. It has, as Gen. Stanley McChrystal himself explained, killed what he called an “amazing number” of innocent Afghans in checkpoint shootings. It has repeatedly — as in, over and over — killed young Afghan children in air strikes. It continues to imprison their citizens for years at Bagram and other American bases without charges of any kind and with credible reports of torture and other serious abuses. Soldiers deliberately shot Afghan civilians for fun and urinated on their corpses and displayed them as trophies.
Meanwhile, the protesters themselves continue to be shot, although most American media accounts favor sentences like these which whitewash who is doing the killing: “running clashes with the police that claimed the lives of another five Afghan protesters” and “in Nangarhar Province, two Afghans protesting the Koran burning were shot to death outside an American base in Khogyani District” and “protesters angry over the burning of Korans at the largest American base in Afghanistan this week took to the streets in demonstrations in a half-dozen provinces on Wednesday that left at least seven dead and many more injured.” Left at least seven dead: as As’ad AbuKhalil observed, “notice that there is no killer in the phrasing.”
It’s comforting to believe that these violent protests and the obviously intense anti-American rage driving them is primarily about anger over the inadvertent burning of some religious books: that way, we can dismiss the rage as primitive and irrational and see the American targets as victims. But the Afghans themselves are making clear that this latest episode is but the trigger for — the latest symbol of — a pile of long-standing, underlying grievances about a decade-old, extremely violent foreign military presence in their country. It’s much more difficult to dismiss those grievances as the by-product of primitive religious fanaticism, so — as usual — they just get ignored.
Simple truth. Posts like these usually test the sincerity of my followers. I almost always lose a few after posting some awkward facts about the integrity of the American-led terrorist efforts in foreign lands, including their own. We’re in a time when good is presented as bad, and bad as good, and the main stream media are doing a damn good job at selling this contorted view of reality to us.
What amazes me, always, is that there can still be such strong ‘patriotic’ support for the American government, and such a passionate support for its governing processes despite the blatant corruption and moral deficit that this process has yielded for several decades now. So this is a reality that the current generation has lived through, and continues to live through, and therefore do not need to study the history books to determine the voracity of such claims. Yet they continue to support this system and this mentality of government.
I’m the furthest thing from a political analyst, but this obvious fact is just alarming. OWS was supposed to be the Arab Spring for the 99%. It seems that they have too many distractions to support even this movement that appears to have fizzled out rather than gained momentum.