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America Now Burning Korans In Garbage Piles, In Afghanistan

Make this man president, if he isn't already!You have probably deduced, after sort of paying attention to the “War On Terror” for more than a decades, that the “War in Afghanistan” has no purpose whatsoever. This would be incorrect. The purpose of the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq and Libya and Pakistan and Yemen and whatever Islamic countries we forgot to mention is to create Islamic terrorists. It’s hard work! You need to piss on a lot of dead Afghan soldiers and bomb a lot of kids at wedding parties and, of course, burn great piles of Qurans, in the garbage, if you’re going to get four or five dudes riled up enough to try to blow up a mailbox outside an embassy or something.

From today’s Bullshit Gazette:

The White House is apologizing for the burning of Muslim holy books in a pile of garbage at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Press secretary Jay Carney says it’s a “deeply unfortunate incident” and doesn’t reflect the respect the U.S. military has for the religious practices of the Afghan people.

According to the same brief dispatch, the Qurans in question were removed from a gigantic army base’s prison library — America operates vast prisons in Afghanistan, forever — because the holy books contained “extremist messages.” [Washington Post]

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    1. JustPixelz

      I hear that "Obama apologizing for America" meme. So I googled it … and can't find those nefarious apologies. I found a few "we regret" statements, reminiscent of Bush expressing "sincere regret over your missing pilot and aircraft" to China.

      Or "Bush on several occasions apologized to foreign governments for actions taken by U.S. soldiers, such as for the shooting of a Koran".

  1. MissTaken

    Silly! Everyone knows you don't burn the Koran in the garbage. Instead you open it up and funnel vodka into your homoerotic buddies ass for sippy time.

  2. SorosBot

    Well the Bible doesn't contain any extremist messages, like not just encouraging but commanding genocide, endorsing slavery, ordering the death penalty for adultery and disobedient kids, etc.

  3. James Michael Curley

    "Imprisonment alone is not enough to create a custodial situation within the meaning of Miranda," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court's majority opinion.

    Do they read these things before they publish them?

    Now Scalia gets it; "Imprisonment, leg irons, and a wash tub full of wet cement alone are not enough to create a custodial situation within the meaning of Miranda,"

    1. prommie

      Scalia is losing it. Back in the day he would come up with some superficially appealing bit of sophistry, but I guess he doesn't even think he owes us that courtesy, anymore. Arrogance; "you're going to eat my shit and like it."

  4. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    It should be noted that they only burned the Korans after they had finished off all the Book of Mormons that they had.

  5. prommie

    That doesn't seem like such a smart thing to do. Maybe this is some new kind of "smart." "Army Smart." (Because "military intelligence" has too many syllables.)

  6. edgydrifter

    The wingnut's conundrum: whether to condemn the president because holy books were desecrated under his watch, or to condemn the president because he hasn't publicly defended burning the Koran.

  7. Callyson

    Press secretary Jay Carney says it’s a “deeply unfortunate incident” and doesn’t reflect the respect the U.S. military has for the religious practices of the Afghan people.
    No, it just reflects the contempt that (some people in) the military have for everyone who is not white and Christian.
    How long before FOX tries to frame this as a denial of the soldiers' religious liberty?

  8. Steverino247

    Somebody tossed the books into a bin, the bin got tossed into a pile, some sergeant yelled at some privates to haul the pile someplace else and burn it (like we do with everything else over there) and some local guys on clean up detail recognized the printing. This is what we get for hiring literate locals, I guess.

    Overall, it was felony stupid and someone's career is over. Probably several careers, actually.

  9. SayItWithWookies

    What the hell — nobody had the thought to toss a few bibles in there just to make it look more egalitarian? This should be an ongoing policy anytime someone starts a fire — just throw a KJV into the conflagration in case there's a Qur'an burning by mistake, and everyone'll be happy.

  10. DahBoner

    We need to get some Catholic Priests over there STAT.

    They need something better to do than whine about contraceptives, which they never use, because they are married to Jesus, etc…

  11. ttommyunger

    Four dead so far (Wed.)in rioting over this SNAFU. Afghanistan, he fuck-up that just keeps on giving.

  12. Redrighthand

    Meh, I'll send up a whole stack of fuckin korans and light it with a burning bible. All the "holy books" are good for is kindling fires and hate anyways…

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