Last edited by PeterG; 02-22-2012 at 04:51 AM.
Facinating to read some of the comments here.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17123464At least four people have been killed and 20 injured in Afghanistan as protests spread over the burning of copies of the Koran at a US airbase.
One person has been killed in Kabul, one in the eastern city of Jalalabad and two in Parwan province.
Thats one thing Im wondering about - who are they killing when these kind of riots go down?
And in early 2009, Bibles in local dialects (Pashto?) were burned at a US base and no one in the Christian world attacked muslims or their embassies. (No, all religions and their beliefs are not the same.)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17144726President Barack Obama has apologised to the Afghan people for the burning of Korans by American troops at a US base.
In a letter to President Hamid Karzai, Mr Obama expressed his "deep regret" and said the incident earlier this week was a genuine mistake.
Demonstrations against the desecration have continued for a third day across northern and eastern Afghanistan.
Two US soldiers and two Afghans were killed in an attack on a military base. Elsewhere there were four other deaths.
Rest in Peace
Having said this, in view of the utmost backwardness of the locals, it is of paramount importance to understand their beliefs and the overinflated importance they give to this book must be considered. It is pointless to compare our attitude with theirs, they simply live in a different world and epoch.
Nowadays soldiers are political subjects like never before in the history of warfare and their acts are closely scrutinized, in some cases they are immediately posted in social networks worlwide
This makes even more inexplicable their continuing ignorance of local cultures, especially when like in this case it might cost lives and does create lots of zealots ready to wage revenge on NATO soldiers or westerners in general.
I guess that some time and money should be spent in teaching soldiers about cultural differences, local taboos and so on, it might save lives.
My reply to you galaverna is, no.
The US and ISAF have spent 10 years (TEN) yes, a decade, helping this country. If they are unable to see how much we (USA & ISAF) have bent over backwards and twisted ourselves into ballon-animal shapes to be "sensitive" and "accomadating" of their culture, society, & "religion", then additonal 5-hours or 1 week of "cultural awareness" will not make a D#*n bit of difference!
At the rate this whole "nation-building" process has gone, you may as well convert and get out a blasted prayer!
* the Koran was burned on purpose
* the Koran was burned at all
Mere rumors of burned Korans would be enough to cause these riots, this violence, just as cartoons of Mohammed did. Mere cultural sensitivity won't change Afghanistan.
Regardless of opinions on what the future direction of the mission in Afghanistan should be, cultural sensitivity should be of high priority if not for the current mission, then for the safety of the military and foreign aid presence in the country.