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02-22-2012 07:43 PM

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Afghans protest Quran burning.
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#1 posted 02-22-2012 07:58 PM

Comes down to the fundamentalists being nuts.
Remember the embassy bombings when there was a CARTOON in the newspaper in Sweden? and it set of violence all over africa and the middle east – as well as the cartoonist having a Fatwah out for his execution?

These guys make the Spanish inquisition seem like woodstock for accepting differences.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 08:14 PM

Not sure the same thing might occur if several bibles were burned somewhere in the US.
I have no dog in the fight but, I do respect others’ reverence for the books and icons of their choice.
As I understand it, burning is the preferred method of disposal of a quran. Maybe not by “infidels” in camo, though.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 09:32 PM

Does the burning of a book really merit killing people? Remember these are people that cut peoples heads off. It seems like everything that happens pisses these people off. I got a great idea, pack up our troops and come home.

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 09:46 PM

With you 100%

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 09:47 PM

pack up our troops and come home

With you 100%

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 10:29 AM

When I saw the original question – it’s gone now, but, from memory, it was something like “Why did they do that?”, I thought it was going to be about why the Americans has been so stupid as to burn these Qurans.
I guess not.
Overreaction – sure. Level of stupidity of the original act – massive.
Way to wind up the enemy and cause more deaths.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#7 posted 02-23-2012 04:30 PM

Where was their apology for burning American flags? Or the mass murder of 9/11? Or the terror and ignorance they have maliciously generated for generations? In America we do as we do, and some of it (including burning their religious books) is rediculously stupid; but their demand for respect leaves me wondering why. I wish we could just pack our young people up and get them back, but as long as there are people out there who figure it is good to bomb public spaces and fly someone elses airplanes into public buildings in the name of their religion I’m afraid our young people will stay there. The US is battling people that have made their lives out of killing in the name of their religion, nobody can win. It is hard to blame people for reaching out in frustration and doing stupid things, but that is what all sides do. Their problems are everyone elses fault. The vast majority of people in the Middle East are like us Americans, simply working thru another day in the name of raising their families and trying to be happy; they just have it a lot harder than we do due to the percentage of war mongers that inhabit their country. Nobody likes any of it.

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#8 posted 02-23-2012 05:19 PM

I’d agree with almost all of that Nomad, but I must, because it’s who I am, pick up on 2 things you said…

Where was their apology for burning American flags?
Americans are allowed to burn the flag – free speech under the first amendment, as I understand it. So, whilst that may offend a lot of people, I don’t think it’s strong on the list of “horrible things they did”. Certainly not in comparison to others.

The vast majority of people in the Middle East are like us Americans…
Well I’m sorry, but I just don’t think that’s true.
2 legs, 2 arms etc etc.
But, fundamentally, at the cores of their beings, I think they are very very different: a completely different take on life, on religion, on what’s important, on what life is about, on almost everything. simply working thru another day in the name of raising their families and trying to be happy – true, but when pinch comes to shove – different. I think (my opinion only), that it’s the failure to recognise this that’s causes so many of the problems when one country interferes in another’s business.
There’s a lot going on in Europe right now where I think (my opinion only) that they are missing the fact that, for example, The English are simply not like the Greeks, the Germans are not like the French. etc etc. Deep down, these peoples are different.

And, lest anyone be confused – I do not condone this violence. I do not apologise for it. I seek merely to understand why something we deem unimportant (the burning of a book), can be so important to other people.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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