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'Mistakes led to Qur'an burnings'

2012-03-03 10:22

Kabul - A Western official says a series of unintentional mistakes led to the burning of Qur'ans and other Islamic texts at a US base in Afghanistan and that five American troops could face a disciplinary review over it.

The official, who has knowledge of the investigation, said on Saturday that the personnel involved did not intentionally desecrate the religious books and that a series of mistakes led to the incident.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

The joint Afghan-US investigation is still under legal review by the military. A more formal US military investigation is still weeks away from completion.

Afghanistan's top religious leaders demanded on Friday that those involved be put on public trial.

Comments
  • Terrence - 2012-03-03 10:45

    Mistake ?????? Are you serious ????

      Fred - 2012-03-03 17:43

      Yes, it's obvious.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-03 11:00

    Well if they burned two or three, it would be considered a mistake. But to carefully arrange them in a pile and torch them is deliberate, or the stupid ignorant soldiers thought they were burning porn magazines.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 17:45

      It was a mistake to burn the books because they didn't know it would have such an effect. In the freer world that kind of effect generally doesn't happen. People don't go crazy and kill others because a pile of graffiti-laden books have been burned. Of course, consistent with your disconnected, extremists views, you say nothing of the deaths, only of the burning of the books.

  • Carlin - 2012-03-03 11:04

    Religion : the top cause for war for over 2000 years. What's new? It makes one wonder if burning fundamentalists with their books is not the best option. The US is at war in Afghanistan. They are not there to bandage wounded animals in the forest. They ought to be laughed at for even considering grilling their troops at enemy request. That's why the Afghans will win in the end.

      jowza1 - 2012-03-03 11:12

      thats a load of bull dust carlin

      Fidel - 2012-03-03 11:18

      What happened to exporting the values of democracy and winning people's mind. The US went to Afghanistan to look for Bin Laden and his rag tag army which is no longer in that country. What the Americans are fighting against now is ordinary Afghans who are resisting foreign occupation and the continued slaughter of their women and children by the Nato terrorists.

      Hugh - 2012-03-03 11:40

      @Jow do not get out much do you? Religion has been the cause of some the greatest acts of genocide.A well recorded historic fact. Islam and christian war is being fought at every level. War is war. Both sides play dirty. To play fair in war is too loose. The US government has no right to asked its soldiers to kill innocent citizens of another country then charge the same for acts of desecration.

      Marion - 2012-03-03 11:52

      @Carlin - I agree that religion has been used as a motivator and justification for wars for centuries. If the USA have sent ignorant troops into an Islamic country where they then burnt Qu'rans, then they cannot punish them. However, if those troops knew full well that they could be burning Qu'rans and the likely consequences of such an act but did it anyway, then they should be disciplined for acts of desecration. @Fidel - I have always believed that Bin Laden was the excuse for going into Afghanistan. To my way of thinking oil was the real reason.

      jowza1 - 2012-03-03 11:53

      xenswin,at the rate the americans are going,history will show that they are the cause of some of the most horrific acts of terror known to man

      Fidel - 2012-03-03 12:09

      @Marion "One of our goals is to stabilize Afghanistan, so it can become a conduit and a hub between South and Central Asia so that energy can flow to the south." -Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, in 2007 Afghanistan is well situated for oil and gas pipelines to serve much of South Asia, pipelines that can bypass those not-yet Washington clients, Iran and Russia. If only the Taliban would not attack the lines. It is always about access to markets and resources.

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-03 12:43

      So Carlin the World wars were religious?, The attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq were done in the name of religious wars.. Damn i really getting confused !

      Fred - 2012-03-04 07:52

      Fidel, I recommend you check to see which countries have been awarded oil contracts in the region. The so-called West is a huge market for oil. These countries need to sell their oil to the biggest customers. You're slanting information to suit your beliefs. You continue to be wrong.

  • Khalid - 2012-03-03 11:27

    war on Islam People , war on terror my foot, The Americans hate our way of thinking and life, to allow women to be conservative and independent is our path, it gets twisted so Islam is the enemy, We value life but its not our ultimatum , do good in life , be rewarded in death, they hate all that our good can accomplish , they value ludeness and foulness of mouth, disrespect to the earth! , all will face their maker

      Fidel - 2012-03-03 11:43

      And the fact that 100s of millions of Muslims haven't yet taken in the American way of life and this prevents American corporations access to this market. Americans believe that planting a Coke sign and the big M in every foreign city is a civilising mission.

      Nkosinathi - 2012-03-03 12:47

      Khalid, why cant muslims allow the rest of us to "sin" in peace? Are you the religious police of the world? Why do muslims want to impose sharia on all of Nigeria, Somalia, Ethiopia etc? What proof do you have that muslim is THE religion? I have seen muslims burn flags of other countries, pictures of presidents etc. Whatas all the fuss about the quran? Don't forget you gave the world Osama Bin Ladin. Can you say anything good about Osama? I will admit that there is ABSOLUTELY nothing good about cowboy G.W Bush. But Bin Ladin?

      Andrew - 2012-03-03 16:09

      @khalid "to allow women to be conservative and independent is our path" that says it all. See to us westerners, we don't have to 'allow' our women anything. They are not 'ours', and they can decide for themselves what is allowed, we don't get to tell them.

  • Kelvyn - 2012-03-03 11:45

    So what? its paper, the word of any god by any name is the belief of those who choose, you cannot break the cycle of belief by burning paper, its very short sighted for any individual or group to believe their symbolic burning of a book makes any real difference! in one month this will be as insignificant as any other symbolic religious hate practice, what many people the world over forget is that the US has a very large Muslim population who are Americans as there are Afghan Christians etc, its nation on nation its individuals !!!!

  • Marion - 2012-03-03 11:47

    The only mistake they made was to burn the Qu'rans. Plain and simple. Stop trying to cover your as*es.

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-03-03 11:53

    Dunno what the big deal is. It's just a buch of books. They can always make new copies.

      jowza1 - 2012-03-03 11:56

      you say you studied at unisa.i suggest you get a refund because you cant comprehend.

      Fidel - 2012-03-03 12:04

      What an ignorant, stupid, excuse of a comment...

  • Mohamed - 2012-03-03 11:54

    Total Disrespect for Religion & it's also not the 1st time ,They know by doing that it will provoke muslim's all over the world .Americans' need to get a life ....!

      Nkosinathi - 2012-03-03 12:52

      Muslims need to stop imposing their religion on the rest of us! As soon as we have enough of you here in SA you will start all the nonsense about sharia. Why cant you sharia in your own house and leave the rest of us to enjoy life? Why do you have Boko Haram in Nigeria?

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-03-03 12:40

    I know of sangomas, traditionalists, Christians, atheists you name it living peacefully next to each other. Everybody doing their thing and noone fighting anyone. However it seems whenever you get a certain ratio of muslims or muslim fundamentalists versus other religions all hell breaks loose, everyone has to adhere to sharia. Look at Nigeria, the fundamentalists want the whole country to go sharia, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia etc. Why cant muslims practice sharia amongst themselves in their mosque and homes and leave the rest of us to "sin" in peace?

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-03 12:41

    Yeah take a ruler and beat them on the wrists!

  • Khalid - 2012-03-03 12:43

    It hasnt come to my eyes yet, news of Muslims or muslim nation army going and burning the Holy Bible( it is 1 of the holy books) or any other kind of manuscript? sum1 pls enlighten me

      Boer - 2012-03-03 13:09

      They prefer planting bombs and killing people, even their own daughters.

      Nkosinathi - 2012-03-03 13:25

      Spot on Boer! The cowards sneak in plant a bomb and kill people who have absolutely nothing to do with American foreign policy! And Khalid is still to explain why sharia has to be imposed on everyone else. Keeps trying to play the victm.

  • John - 2012-03-03 14:54

    Yes!...Biggest mistake was going into Afghanistan in first place! Aske the Russians!...and the British!.

  • Khalid - 2012-03-03 15:02

    listen up , islam doesnt force itself on any1, that is the holy church! , we oppose those who oppress us , we do not opress other religions ,that is a fundamental law of Islam and it wont change, i made a similar comment in another thread, its the Americans who hate our way of life, islamic women are docors , lawyers, scientists, my sister is a lwayer and drives! in the past before islam was used a term for every horrible act that goes on, u were a non muslim living in a muslim country , you paid a annual fee, you wernt killed or banished or shamed or other such crap, also there are 5 pillars of islam , 1 called Zakah(its called charity) it compels every muslim who earns over a certain amount to give their wealth to those in need, i dont knw why if sum1 does sumthing, they muslim , al-quada blabla , we love life, but death does not frighten a muslim

  • Buti - 2012-03-03 15:05

    You can burn all the Quraan but ALLAH has proctected and kept in humans mind till the resurrecting day. It's good for you devils that now you're so frustrasted and you become so weak and weaker everyday.

      Khalid - 2012-03-03 15:15

      one thing i want to knw, dont we sumtimes nurn the books when they are too old to use? or sumthing, i need to get more info, Also , DOES ANY1 knw how to make this thing stop sharing on FB? its ridiculous

      Fred - 2012-03-03 19:06

      You've bought the lie, hook-line-and-sinker.

  • Derek - 2012-03-04 09:37

    Imagine the reaction if a foreign power invaded a Christian country and started burning Bibles.

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