By now, you’ve probably read the news that religious materials, including Qurans, were recently burned at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. As a result, many media outlets have fallen in lockstep with the Islamists and readily reported this latest example of “Islamophobia” as another proof of the intolerance of “great Satan”–aren’t we still the great Satan?
Anyway, the truth is that the materials were burned because “they contained extremist messages or inscriptions.” According to a U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity:
Muslim holy books that were burned in a pile of garbage at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan had been removed from a library at a nearby detention center because they contained extremist messages or inscriptions…The Qurans and other Islamic readings were being used to fuel extremism, and that detainees apparently were leaving notes for one another inside them.
Doesn’t seem like such a cut and dry case of Islamophobia after all, does it?
Yet Obama has apologized and on February 21, “Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, ISAF commander…ordered that all coalition forces in Afghanistan complete training [in proper handling of the Quran] by March 3.” In other words, even though the materials were not burned because of the religion they represented but because of the notes detainees had written to one another on the pages therein, our troops will be subjected to sensitivity training on handling such religious materials in the future.
Did I miss something?
The detainees aren’t being detained because they’re our allies; rather, they are held because they are our enemies. So how is it that our enemies hold so much sway over our leadership? How is it that we give them the benefit of the doubt every time someone complains, instead of giving our troops the benefit?
In other news, in 2009 a stack of Bibles that had been confiscated from our troops were burned at the same Air Base in Afghanistan. I’m sure Obama apologized, I just don’t remember it. And I’m sure the military ordered non-Christians in the military to take sensitivity training so they’d know how to handle the Bible in the future.