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February 23, 2012 - 8:10 am

Very interesting. If true, this is what you call a buried lead.

US officials speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP the military removed Korans from a prison at Bagram because inmates were suspected of using the holy book to pass messages to each other.

The backlash over the incident is likely to continue for several more days, said Martine van Bijlert of the Afghanistan Analysts’ Network.

“The demonstrations are a combination of religious outrage, pent-up frustration and groups wanting to stir trouble,” she wrote in an analysis.

If that’s the case, then the terrorists were mutilating the scripture over which Afghans are rioting and killing. So far 12 people and the idea of a civilized Afghanistan have died in these riots. Among them, two NATO troops killed by an Afghan soldier.

“An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force service members in eastern Afghanistan today, killing two service members,” ISAF said.

President Obama’s apology for burning the Korans hasn’t done a thing to calm the Afghan street. It’s likely to make things worse over the long haul. Perhaps we should be grateful that he didn’t accuse our troops of “acting stupidly.”

After 10 years of war, the people of Afghanistan don’t love us, they don’t fear us, and they don’t respect us. We lack the confidence in our culture to demand better of the country that harbored al Qaeda and whose soil was the launch pad for 9-11. As long as that’s the case, and it has been the case ever since we’ve been involved there and is more the case with the current regime in power in the US, we stand little chance of achieving anything there that will last more than 10 minutes after we exit.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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