“No reasonable person would dispute that burning Korans is idiotic and highly offensive, not to mention counter-productive for Christian dialogue with our Muslim friends and neighbors. However, what disturbs me about General Patraeus stepping into it, is the mindset that it reveals when it comes to how we as a country will deal with Islam. President Bush, who I generally agreed with, said that “Islam is a religion of peace.” I believe many Americans — rightly or wrongly — have grave doubts about the truthfulness of that statement.” (Burning the Koran: Gen. Patraeus Speaks)
You just have to love the “religion of peace.” When the burning of a Koran by a clearly unstable and publicity-hungry “pastor” of a small “church” in central Florida can cause three days of rioting (and counting) and killing in the streets of Afghanistan, maybe it’s time to bring the troops home. If Afghanistan, which is not even living in the 20th century — much less the 21st century — is so unstable and prone to violence by mobs of radicalized Muslims, then we must ask ourselves the question: “Why are our men and women of the United States Armed Forces being placed in harm’s way for a country that will never leave the stone ages?”
How many more fallen American heroes will be laid to rest who have died for a people who do not want us there and who will never — I repeat, never — understand the most basic concepts of a democratic society? Such is Afghanistan. While I wholeheartedly supported President Bush’s decision to take the war on terror to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, I have come to believe that political correctness and the rules of engagement are making it near impossible to win in Afghanistan, whatever winning might look like. If winning looks anything like the corrupt government led by President Hamid Karzai, then we need to get out as quickly as possible so that no more American military personnel are killed or injured.
I’m sure that Gen. David Patraeus is a fine soldier and person (as we both share the same middle name — Howell — would’t he have to be), but when will he stop making excuses for radical Islam? In responding yet again to a kook in Florida, Gen. Patraeus lets violent Muslim extremists off the hook in the streets of Kandahar:
“Every security force leader’s worst nightmare is being confronted by essentially a mob, if you will, especially one that can be influenced by individuals that want to incite violence, who want to try to hijack passions, in this case, perhaps understandable passions,” (emphasis added) Gen. Petraeus said in the Sunday interview. “Obviously it’s an additional serious security challenge in a country that faces considerable security challenges.”
And, just who are the “individuals that (sic) want to incite violence?” I’m not sure if Gen. Patraeus means Terry Jones of the World Dove Outreach Center or the government-paid clerics in Mazar-e-Sharif’s (home of the U.N. headquarters) main mosques who sermons were literally inciting the mob to violence this past Friday. Somehow I think he blames the American-born cleric for the rioting and killing in Afghanistan.
And, what are all the causes of additional serious security challenges in Afghanistan? On second thought, what doesn’t cause additional serious security challenges among a huge population of radicalized Muslims who are responding to their “perhaps understandable passions?” Why Gen. Patraeus and others use this reasoning to excuse the vicious attacks by radical Muslims in Afghanistan is simply amazing. It’s like the now discredited defense that a rapist’s attorney would use when trying to create reasonable doubt in the mind of the jurors: “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, my client should not be convicted of the violent and heinous crime of rape. After all, when he saw how scantily-clad the alleged victim was, his understandable passions took over. It’s really her fault for dressing the way she did. My client cannot be held responsible for his own actions.”
Enough with the excuses. When will our government learn that no matter what we do in Afghanistan, it will not make a difference? When young, Afghan religious students like 25 year-old Karimullah say:
“We cannot see the difference between that man in Florida and the American soldiers here. They are killing our people here while in the U.S. they burn the Holy Quran. America just wants to humiliate the Muslim world.”
maybe it’s time to get out of Afghanistan. Maybe it’s time to realize that it doesn’t take much to humiliate the radicalized Muslim world — cartoons, South Park, words, feelings (here and here). If CAIR and other radicalized Muslims had their way, we would be at the end of the slippery slope that may have started with banning Koran burnings but will not end until all opposition to Islam is completely silenced. Passing laws, rioting mobs or beheadings are all apparently acceptable ways to enforce that code of silence.
If our American military commanders and politicians are going to continue to excuse the inexcusable violence perpetrated by a small, but growing group of extremist elements within Islam — particularly in Afghanistan, then maybe we need to rethink our strategy of boots on the ground. After all, I hear that UAVs — unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones — can be pretty effective. Something that Gen. Patraeus might want to consider the next time riots break out. And, there will be a next time. Hopefully, by that time, American troops will be long gone from the wilderness known as Afghanistan!