As best understood, the semi sorta fratricidal mayhem wracking Afghanistan stems from the inadvertent burning of a book. Yes, it’s the K"Ran, but it’s a book all the same — and one that, moderate cats never tire of telling us, doesn’t really mean everything it says anyhow.
The facts are that the K"Rans were seized at a jail because jihadists imprisoned there were using them not for prayer but to communicate incendiary messages. The soldiers dispatched to burn refuse from the jail were not the officials who had seized the books, had no idea they were burning K"Rans, and tried desperately to retrieve the books when the situation was brought to their attention.
If our government believes the Taliban and other factions are our enemies, allied with al-Qaeda to kill Americans, then we should unleash our military to destroy them. This should not be an endless counterinsurgency experiment that prioritizes the protection of Afghan civilians and the construction of Afghan civil society; it should be a war that our vast might enables us to win rapidly and decisively.
It is immoral to keep our young men and women there as sitting ducks in a place where the people hate Americans but we are not trying to vanquish them. We routed al-Qaeda years ago. We don’t need to defeat the Taliban or waste time negotiating with them, Karzai, the warlords, and the rest.
Yet it is conscious avoidance — okay, willful blindness — to claim that flaming K"Rans is causing the threat to us, the troops, in addition to the threat of other attacks and riots (of the sort seen with the Danish cartoons, the fake believe tales of K"Ran aquatic adventures at Gitmo, the school teacher who named a teddy bear after the PBUH guy, etc.).
Those are all pretexts. The cause is ideology, which is dehumanizing of non-m"Hammedists (or, in the case of the Ahmadi, even of cats who reject parts of mainstream doctrine). It is the ideology that puts certain elements on a hair trigger.
Pic - "Choking on the ashes of her enemies"