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"Cognoscetis veritatem et veritas liberabit vos"
And the beat goes on in Afghanistan in the wake of the Koran
burnings by American troops.
At least four Americans have been murdered by Muslim
fanatics--and one of those fanatics was an Afghan cop on duty to protect
American advisors posted to the Interior Ministry in Kabul.
Now the protests and violence have spread to
Pakistan--another nation not worth the life of one American soldier.
Enough is enough.
I spent time in both countries when the Russians were still fighting
in Afghanistan back in the late 1980s.
Even then I saw that trying to bring Afghanistan into what
was then the 20th Century was an exercise in futility. Trying to bring it into
the 21st Century is even more daunting.
This is a primitive, squalid land ruled by boorish religious
fanatics who, to paraphrase our wonderful apology-prone president: "cling
to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."
Of course, Obama made those comments about small town
Americans in Pennsylvania and the Midwest--not the religious zealots who are
running around the streets of Afghan cities shouting Anti-American epithets.
"Death to America!" That's Gratitude for you.
My question when I see scenes like this: what the hell are
we doing in this God-forsaken place?
The Afghan people don't want us there--no matter how many
schools and hospitals we build or infrastructure investments we make.
I recall going into Afghanistan with Mujahideen rebels who
were fighting the Russians in 1987. During one conversation with the guerillas
I was with the conversation turned to Russians.
'We will kill them all if they don't leave,' one rebel named
Ghorzang told me. 'We want no foreigners in our country.'
'What about Americans?' I asked, figuring he might be less
hostile to Uncle Sam because of the hundreds of Stinger missiles and other
weaponry Washington had covertly provided to the Mujahideen to use against the
'If Americans come, we will kill them also,' he said.
'That is not a very grateful attitude,' I responded.
'We owe no gratitude to infidels,' he said. The Koran says: "Fight
and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass
them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war."
I was not willing to let the conversation end there.
'So, if America helps the Mujahideen defeat the Russians,
you feel no sense of indebtedness at all?' I asked.
'Not if they are unbelievers,' he replied.
At that point I had serious reservations about what we were
doing to help the Afghanis defeat the Russians. Today I am convinced that this
wretched land with its religious intolerance, its inept political leadership
and a population that cares little about the blood spilled by Americans in the
cause of freedom should be left to its own devices.
Allowing it to sink deeper into its own cesspit of 8th
Century values would be doing the world a favor.
Death to the Koran Burners!
As the week was ending last week Afghan President Hamid
Karzai's office demanded that NATO put on public trial those who burned copies
of the Koran at a NATO base.
What about the
Afghani cop who killed those two American officers in the Interior Ministry? I
suspect he is being hailed as a hero and no doubt is being protected by someone--possibly
"peace-loving" mullahs and imams or perhaps someone in Karzai's
Those soldiers need not be put on trial. In the first place
the books they burned had already been defiled by secret messages written in
them by Taliban captives. Secondly, since when did book burning become a
capital crime? And why is the Koran any more sacred than the Old Testament or
the writings of Buddha?
I have to think that in the Status of Forces agreement
between the U.S. and Afghanistan burning the Koran is not listed as a felony.
If President Obama, the Great Apologizer, wanted to show any
leadership at all in this issue, which he apparently doesn't, he would bring not only those soldiers home who
burned the Koran, but all of our troops who continue to be in harm's way in a fetid
land where they are neither wanted nor appreciated.
The Pentagon might even consider giving the Koran burners a
medal--along with all of the soldiers, who have risked their lives for a
people, who: "owe no gratitude to infidels."
After hearing about the furor created when four Korans were
burned with garbage at a U.S. military facility in Afghanistan I tried to
recall the last time similar rioting broke out when Old and New Testaments were
destroyed by Muslims.
Bibles are destroyed all the time in many Muslim countries
where Christian and Jewish religious items are forbidden. But I have yet to see
armed Christians and Jews march on Saudi or Iranian embassies in protest.
That is what is happening in Afghanistan, however. So far 12
people have died in riots and two American soldiers have been shot to death in
retaliation for the Koran burning incident.
Naturally, Barak Obama, who has already bowed to the Saudi
King thereby demeaning the office of U.S. President, quickly issued a hang-wringing
written apology for the Koran burning. God forbid that the White House should ignore
any affront to the world's most violent and confrontational religion and the
fanatics who wallow in it.
Obama Bowing to Saudi King
Muslims, as we are seeing in Afghanistan, are a peace-loving
people. Except, of course, when somebody says anything--and I mean ANYTHING--negative
about their blood-stained religion; burns the Koran; or attempts to depict a
likeness of Islam's founder and prophet Mohammed. Then, watch out! Blood will
Islam a tolerant religion? I think not. As a foreign correspondent
I spent a lot of time in Islamic nations. I quickly discovered that Islam is
the most intolerant and vicious religion on our planet.
Both the Koran and Hadith collections clearly tell Muslims
to "kill infidels, kill Jews, and make treaties with your enemies until
such time as you are able to make war and plunder them." Mohammad also
instructed his followers to give the enemy the opportunity to convert to Islam,
and if they did not, they were to kill them. These are facts taken from Islam's
Not long ago Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner, two
Arab Muslims who converted to Christianity, wrote a book ("Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs")
in which they gave an eye-opening account of Islam's prophet.
Citing passages from the Hadith, the collected sayings of
Muhammad, the Caners note that, by his own account, the founder of Islam was
often possessed by Satan. The phrase "Satanic Verses" refers to words
that Muhammad first claimed had come from God, but which he later concluded
were spoken by Satan.
During his life Muhammad married 11 women, kept two others
as concubines and recommended wife-beating. His third wife was 6 years old when
he married her and 9 when he consummated the marriage. The argument can made,
therefore, that Muhammad was a demon-possessed pedophile. Not something many
Muslims would concur with. Yet this information comes from Islam's holiest
So here we are in the 21st Century and one of those books
has been burned, probably by mistake. That event has triggered three days of bloody
riots in city streets all across Afghanistan.
Muslim Rioters in Afghanistan
One has to ask, therefore, if Mohammed would condone such
violence? Jesus Christ, whom Muslims regard as just another prophet of God (and
secondary to Mohammed) would not have--at least one does not find a call to
violence in any of his teachings.
Yet the violence we are seeing in Afghanistan is condoned and
encouraged by Islamic leaders in that country, many of whom are calling for
Jihad against Americans.
Jihad defined is the forcible advancement of Islam, coupled
with a contrived hatred for the Western world. It appeals to the hearts and
minds of millions of disaffected Muslims worldwide, many of them young and
eager to give their lives in the cause of Allah.
Many well-educated Muslims, in the Middle East and in the
West, have taken hold of the intellectual cause of Islamism and support this jihad wholeheartedly.
Witness the exultation of Muslims worldwide at the destruction of the World
Trade Center towers...not only in Palestinian, Pakistani, and Egyptian villages
and slums, but also in more well-to-do North African neighborhoods in France
and on many college campuses in North America.
So my question is simply this: Given the obvious nature of
this most violent, intolerant, iniquitous of religions, why should our
government issue a groveling apology for burning a few pages of paper called
the Koran--a book that commands and commends religiously-motivated violence
Given its intolerance of Christians, Jews, Buddhists and
others, why should we wring our hands when someone dares to depict what the
Prophet Mohammed might have looked like?
For my part, I still like the way the animated comedy South
Park handled the issue of what the Prophet looked like.
During an episode in 2010, the prophet appeared disguised in
a bear suit.