In a video that underscores how seriously the U.S. military and NATO are taking something that profoundly offends Muslims, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan today apologizes four times for what he says was the improper disposal — burning, apparently — of Qurans and other Islamic religious materials at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul.Here's General John R. Allen. I don't know who's responsible for this position of the military but it has become quite embarrassing and it's long past being tiresome.
Word of what U.S. Gen. John Allen says was the unintentional actions of some International Security Assistance Force troops on the base led to a protest today by more than 2,000 angry Afghans outside the air field, The Associated Press reports. The wire service says that some protesters shouted "die, die foreigners!" and fired shots into the air.
During his 90-second video message, which the BBC says has been played repeatedly on Afghan TV today, Allen says:
— An investigation has begun.
— Such actions have been stopped.
— He has ordered "this does not ever happen again."
— "I assure you ... I promise you ... this was not intentional in any way."
And he apologizes to the president of Afghanistan, the government of Afghanistan and "most importantly ... to the noble people of Afghanistan."
Can you imagine General Patton or MacArthur doing this? If so, please let me know how you're able to do it because I'm having trouble.
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