Let me see if I get this. An American soldier in Iraq blew holes in a copy of the Koran and was sent home to face disciplinary action. I’m on board with that. It’s not exactly the best example of American military might…or brains.
What I’m not on board with is the collective gasp, shock and awe, and overall rage from the Iraqi government and the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS). Please, it’s just a book. It’s not like it’s a building with 2,700 people in it. Sheesh!
The Iraqi cabinet is calling for the “harshest punishment” for the soldier. I’m not sure, but I think beheading is the apropos punishment for the desecration of printed material. Burning American flags, however, earns you an extra virgin or two.
In Baghdad the Iraqi cabinet condemned the unidentified soldier’s action and asked Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to impress on coalition member states to ensure that their troops in Iraq respected the Islamic religion, its beliefs and values.
Ummm…wasn’t it the beliefs and values of the Islamic religion that landed our troops over there in the first place?
Our military is being called to respect a book that lauds the killing of infidels. Let me drive this home, the world, not just the US military, is being told to respect a book from the religion that is responsible for terrorism world wide. More on this cryptic little fact later.
By the way, I’m sure it’s safe to assume that the Iraqi cabinet will get nothing less than full cooperation from America’s patriotically-challenged liberals.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said a general also presented a new Koran to Sunni tribal chiefs “as a gesture of how seriously we took the issue and that we certainly respect their religion and we would never condone such behavior.”
Nothing says we’ve got spine like handing terrorists a brand new copy of their play book.
Again, I’m not saying that blowing holes in the Koran was a very mature thing to do. Cathartic, yes. Mature? Not so much. But neither is flying airplanes into buildings.
Surprisingly, a shiny new copy of the Koran just doesn’t say, “I’m sorry” quite like a global tribunal. The Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party talking head, Tareq al-Hashemi is demanding government action. Could we get a definition of government action? Something tells me they aren’t thinking house arrest and an ankle bracelet.
But lets cut to the irony, shall we? The Association of Muslim Scholars said,
...the “heinous crime shows the hatred” that the US military and American leaders had for the Koran and the Muslim people
This calls for a little, no, a LOT of perspective here. Allow me:
April 18, Beirut, Lebanon: U.S. embassy destroyed in suicide car-bomb attack; 63 dead, including 17 Americans. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
Oct. 23, Beirut, Lebanon: Shiite suicide bombers exploded truck near U.S. military barracks at Beirut airport, killing 241 marines. Minutes later a second bomb killed 58 French paratroopers in their barracks in West Beirut.
Dec. 12, Kuwait City, Kuwait: Shiite truck bombers attacked the U.S. embassy and other targets, killing 5 and injuring 80.
Sept. 20, east Beirut, Lebanon: truck bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy annex, killing 24, including 2 U.S. military.
Dec. 3, Beirut, Lebanon: Kuwait Airways Flight 221, from Kuwait to Pakistan, hijacked and diverted to Tehran. 2 Americans killed.
Feb. 26, New York City: bomb exploded in basement garage of World Trade Center, killing 6 and injuring at least 1,040 others. In 1995, militant Islamist Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and 9 others were convicted of conspiracy charges, and in 1998, Ramzi Yousef, believed to have been the mastermind, was convicted of the bombing. Al-Qaeda involvement is suspected.
Nov. 13, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: car bomb exploded at U.S. military headquarters, killing 5 U.S. military servicemen.
June 25, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: truck bomb exploded outside Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds of others. 13 Saudis and a Lebanese, all alleged members of Islamic militant group Hezbollah, were indicted on charges relating to the attack in June 2001.
Aug. 7, Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near 2 U.S. embassies, killing 224 (213 in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania) and injuring about 4,500. 4 men connected with al-Qaeda 2 of whom had received training at al-Qaeda camps inside Afghanistan, were convicted of the killings in May 2001 and later sentenced to life in prison. A federal grand jury had indicted 22 men in connection with the attacks, including Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, who remained at large.
Oct. 12, Aden, Yemen: U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives blew up alongside it. 17 sailors killed. Linked to Osama bin Laden, or members of al-Qaeda terrorist network.
New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa.: hijackers crashed 2 commercial jets into twin towers of World Trade Center; 2 more hijacked jets were crashed into the Pentagon and a field in rural Pa. Total dead and missing numbered 2,9921: 2,749 in New York City, 184 at the Pentagon, 40 in Pa., and 19 hijackers. Islamic al-Qaeda terrorist group blamed.
June 14, Karachi, Pakistan: bomb exploded outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12. Linked to al-Qaeda.
May 12, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: suicide bombers killed 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners. Al-Qaeda suspected.
May 29–31, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead including one American.
June 11–19, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman killed by gun attacks.
Dec. 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.
Nov. 9, Amman, Jordan: Suicide bombers hit 3 American hotels, Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing 57. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.
Dec. 11, Algeria: More than 60 people are killed, including 11 United Nations staff members, when Al Qaeda terrorists detonate two car bombs near Algeria’s Constitutional Council and the United Nations offices.
Yes, the list is long but distinguished.
Maybe I’m reaching here, but the aforementioned “infractions” clearly show the hatred that Islam has for the United States and the America people. Kind of makes using the Koran for skeet shooting practice seem a little, oh I don’t know…mild.
The fact that our military admitted that one of its own acted like a bonehead, sent him home, and is planning on disciplining him should suffice. That we went the extra mile and replaced the holy (pun intended) book should be more than enough to consider this issue closed. But my gut tells me that this won’t be over until the AMS gets what they want – which would be this guy losing his head during prime time on Al Jazeera.
What is going on here is much bigger than one guy offending a bunch of extremists. A precedence is being set. Once this American soldier is properly castigated, flogged, and humiliated in front of and by the whole world (and by whole world I mean liberals in the US and abroad), then it will be fully understood that Islam and it’s holy book are not to be trifled with.
Can you say Sharia Law?