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A man outside Bagram Air Base throws stones at U.S. troops standing

at the gate, Feb 21. The latest eruption of protest, after it was reported

that U.S. troops had 'disposed' of a two Qurans and Muslim religious

articles, have been going on for six days. At least 30 people are dead.

 

 

Outlook Afghanistan, Afghanistan

Dishonoring the Holy Quran Harms American Credibility

 

"The United States has been blowing the trumpet of human rights, democracy and justice, and claims to support the same values in countries like Afghanistan. But incidents in which its troops act against local rules, laws, traditions and customs negate those claims."

 

EDITORIAL

 

February 25, 2012

 

Afghanistan - Outlook Afghanistan - Original Article (English)

A demonstrator carries an effigy of President Obama labeled, 'Black Dog Obama,' at an anti-American protest over the apparently inadvertant disposal of two Qurans, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Feb. 22.

AL-JAZEERA, QATAR: NATO spokesman in Afghanistan discusses 'Quran burning' incident, Feb. 21, 00:04:48RealVideo

After being in the country over ten years, foreign troops in Afghanistan appear to remain unfamiliar with the customs, traditions and beliefs of the Afghan people. From time to time, NATO troops have been found guilty of disgracing Islam or stepping on the dignity of Afghans. Recently, a huge amount of religious material, including the Holy Quran, was disposed of at the Bagram Air Base.

 

NATO has called the disposal of these materials "improper." Although NATO's commander in Afghanistan, U.S. General John Allen, said that the incident was unintentional and apologized for it, dozens of antagonized Afghans protested the incident, chanting anti-American slogans near the base.

 

This isn't first time such a thing has happened. This is the third incident in less than two months to call the attitude of foreign troops into question. In January, a video was released showing four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of three Taliban fighters.

 

Dead bodies are treated with respect by almost all religions. The incident was condemned around the world, but so far, there have been no reports about prosecution of the soldiers responsible. In the same month, British newspaper The Sun reported that two British soldiers had been arrested over claims that they had abused a number of Afghan children who were about ten year old. The newspaper said, "The accused pair - a sergeant and a private in the Mercian Battle Group - allegedly encouraged a boy and a girl to touch them through their clothes."

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Foreign troops have long been involved in the inhumane treatment of war prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is a direct violation of international law. And they have been accused of dishonoring religious places and materials like the Holy Quran.

 

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Telegraph, U.K.: Can One Idiot Really 'Threaten World Peace'?

Telegraph, U.K.: 9/11 Quran Burning: What U.S Law Says

Daily Star, Lebanon: Quran Burning a Threat to America and the World

Rheinischer Merkur, Germany: Cordoba House: Let it Be a Triumph of Tolerance

ABC, Spain: Cordoba House: The 'Impossible Mosque'

ABC, Spain: The Mosque Near Ground Zero: A Case of Insensitivity

La Opinion de Zemora, Spain: Cordoba House and 'Hussein of Yankeeland'

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: The Poison Behind the Ground Zero Mosque Furore

The Telegraph, U.K.: The Depressing Debacle of 'Ground Zero Mosque'

BBC News, U.K.: Mosque Dispute Exposes Obama on Two Sides

 

 

Such incidents have done created a wide gulf of suspicion between Afghans and the international community. The United States has been blowing the trumpet of human rights, democracy and justice, and claims to support the same values in countries like Afghanistan. But incidents in which its troops act against local rules, laws, traditions and customs negate those claims.

 

The United States and its allies must take issues like this much more seriously. In order to prevent any further loss of credibility in the eyes of Afghans and Muslims, the culprits of these crimes must be prosecuted.

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US Feb. 27, 5:12am]

 







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