It is unclear yet if it was a very bad decision or an inadvertent error, as the President stated in his written apology, which resulted in the burning of Korans at the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. In either case, it is deeply troubling and quite honestly mind numbing that this could happen.
Anyone who knows anything about the Muslim religion understands that the Koran is their most sacred possession; common sense should dictate that when you are occupying a country, you should not burn that country’s holiest of holy books.
This situation has undermined the mission of some of our troops who spend a great deal of time visiting with local Afghan village leaders in an effort to build relationships and mutual respect. This incident has already claimed the lives of two American service members, the number of Afghan protestors killed increases daily, and the full consequences are yet to unfold. Fox News reported Friday that protests have erupted in provinces across Afghanistan and riots have now spread over the border into Pakistan.
Call it a bad decision or an inadvertent error, does it really matter when you see the devastation this situation has caused?