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Koran Burning

This wasn’t smart, but it wasn’t done maliciously or capriciously:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said it was “deeply unfortunate” that the U.S. military had burned several copies of the Koran with a batch of garbage in Afghanistan. The military burned the Korans unintentionally; they’d been taken out of military library after the military found that the terrorists were using the books to write “extremist messages.”

I realize that Muslims believe that the Koran is God, in some sense.  Under normal circumstances, that calls for dealing with it sensitively.  But just because Muslims believe that doesn’t mean that we have to take to heart the religious sensitivities of the most radical.  And it suggests that the Muslims who were using it as note paper aren’t really religious so much as they are political.

Posted in Foreign Policy.

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