Afghans take protests against an inadvertent Quran burning by

U.S. troops into a second week. About 40 people have been

killed in the demonstrations so far.



Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran

Muslim Silence in the Face of U.S. Quran Burning 'Unjustifiable'


Is it possible that U.S. troops in Afghanistan, rather than making a mistake by burning a number of Qurans, were actually taking part in a 'test' of Afghan religious sensitivity and their tolerance for the presence of Westerners? According to this news item from Iran's state-run Kayhan, beyond this accusation from an Afghan analyst, a major Islamist Organization in Iran has criticized the lack of reaction from Muslim clerics to the U.S. Quran burning.


February 28, 2012


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A protestor with a copy of Islam's holy book shouts during an anti-America demonstration in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Feb 22.


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TEHRAN: A prominent Iranian Islamist organization lashed out at the Muslim world's silence regarding the burning of the Muslim Holy Book by American troops in Afghanistan, and urged the Muslim Ummah to display a strong and extensive reaction to this sacrilege of Islamic values.


"The Muslim world's silence in the face of this provocation by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan is unjustifiable," said a statement issued by the International Union of Unified Ummah [IUUU] on Monday.


The IUUU called on Muslim scholars and elites to show the correct reaction to such insults, particularly at a time when Islamic awakening movements are sweeping the region.


Since it first emerged that copies of the Quran and other religious materials had been thrown into a fire pit used to burn garbage at Bagram Airbase, at least 25 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in Afghan protests.


A senior Afghan analyst said that the recent provocation and desecration of the Holy Quran by American soldiers was a test by the U.S. of the Afghan people's religious sensitivity.


"A clandestine conspiracy is underway by the Americans, who want to assess the religious sensitivity of the Afghan people," Vahid Mojdeh told the Fars News Agency on Sunday.


Recalling the reaction of Afghans to the burning of the Holy Quran by an American pastor in Florida last year, which led to widespread protests and the killing of foreign nationals in Mazar Sharif, Mojdeh asked, "How could the Americans have forgotten the Afghan people's reaction?"


Mojdeh stresses that the United States is studying the effects of its decade-long presence in Afghanistan, and said actions like this insult to the Holy Quran are actually "an effort by the U.S. to asses the extent of Western influence in Afghanistan."


On Sunday, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi called for the prosecution of those who burned copies of the Holy Quran and other Islamic texts at the U.S. military base. Addressing a group of seminary students in the city of Qom, the grand ayatollah condemned the silence of certain Muslim states, namely Saudi Arabia, over the desecration of the Holy Quran.


“As long as anti-Islam foreigners are present in Muslim states, such problems will persist,” said the grand ayatollah.


The senior cleric urged Muslims to stand united and expel the enemy from their countries.


“The perpetrators of this [crime] must be punished. A mere apology does not suffice as burning the Quran ... is not something that an apology can fix,” the grand ayatollah said.


Following the incident, U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum criticized President Barack Obama’s apology for the burning of the Qurans, adding that Afghanistan should apologize to America for the deaths of four U.S. soldiers during the six days of violence that were sparked by the incident.   





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“There was nothing deliberately done wrong here,’’ Santorum said Sunday on ABC’s This Week. “This was something that happened as a mistake. Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake. It was something that deliberate.’’


Newt Gingrich, another U.S. presidential hopeful, deplored President Obama’s apology for the burning of the Holy Quran by American forces in Afghanistan, describing it as "astonishing" and undeserved.


In a campaign address to hundreds of Americans in Spokane, Washington, on Thursday, Gingrich criticized President Obama’s formal apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, claiming that the United States didn't owe Afghans an apology for the incident.


France has condemned the attacks over the Holy Quran desecration and said it is making arrangements to withdraw French advisors supporting the rebuilding of public institutions.


Originally seen affecting several hundred people, the measures would in fact only concern around two dozen people, the spokesman said. He could not say where in Afghanistan they were located or in what time frame they could be repatriated.


France has 3,600 troops in Afghanistan as part of the 130,000-strong NATO-led force, mainly patrolling Kapisa, a mountainous province near Kabul. In March they are scheduled to shift their focus to training, and leave at the end of 2013.



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