President Obama has apologized for the burning of some Qurans by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. He says his apology was an effort to protect our troops, but it sure sounds as if he is apologizing on behalf of America. Presidential candidate Ron Paul has suggested that the best way to protect the troops is to get them out of Afghanistan. Paul has received more financial support from U.S. troops than any GOP candidate, and more than Obama.
Obama not only apologized, but he added that those responsible would be held accountable. American soldiers are trained to protect Muslim sensitivity, yet our soldiers have been occupying Afghanistan for a decade. How sensitive is that? If indeed the Qurans were burned for no reason, in violation of military policy, then an apology may have been warranted to protect sensitive religious feelings. However, if prisoners at the U.S.-run detention facility were exchanging messages in the pages of those books, possibly putting our troops in further danger, would it still be appropriate to say we are sorry?
Monte Kuligowski writes in the American Thinker that, “the Islamic texts were the property of the United States military. The books were made available for the good pleasure of the prisoners who are trying to kill the infidels who provided the material.” He adds that those books were property of the U.S. military, “And the military exercised its right to remove the books from its library and to destroy the material. If Afghan Muslims are unhappy with the consequences, maybe they should channel their excitements toward the individual prisoners who ‘defiled’ the Qurans by writing in them. It is unreasonable to expect that the U.S. military should be compliant with sharia religious law in destroying its own property.”
The Obama administration continues to paint a rosy picture of the mess in Afghanistan. The rioting is not just about the burning of the Qurans. It is about the long occupation and the many deaths of innocent civilians. The Afghans are so sick of our presence that it is easy for the Taliban to convince them to rise up against us.
Is Obama’s apology a reflection of your feelings? Or maybe this apology posted on YouTube is more fitting?
In the wake of Obama’s apology, two American soldiers were murdered by an Afghan soldier and a civilian in apparent retaliation for the Quran burning. Maybe an presidential apology should be issued to Americans for putting its soldiers unnecessarily in harm’s way. Nearly two-thousand members of the U.S. military have been killed in Afghanistan since we invaded the country in 2001, and more than 15-thousand have been wounded. Does violating Sharia Law warrant an apology, but the needless deaths of Americans due to a questionable foreign policy does not?