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On burning Korans

by Greg Krehbiel on 25 February 2012

This article reflects my feelings on the book-burning story pretty well.

Why apologize to Afghanistan?

The whole incident began when the prisoners started “defiling” the Korans. Are any of the screaming lunatics in that country marching and shouting and burning things to have them punished for it?

Of course not.

I’m sick of kottowing to these nuts, and I stick by my previous assessment — that we should have spent no more than six months reducing the place to a smoldering ruin, then we should have taken what we needed to pay for our troubles and left.

“Winning hearts and minds” is nonsense.

-- 2012-02-25  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 5

  1. RootCzar
    25 February 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Winning hearts and minds … is nonsense. We don’t belong there, we never did. We need to leave immediately.

    I can’t justify laying waste to an entire nation due to the policies and ill actions of their government. The WMD aspect to Iraq was absurd. Nobody does well doing anything in Afghanistan. They’re stuck in the 13th century, the place is already a desolate wasteland, and they’ll fight to the death against any perceived hegemony.

    Look at the costs we’ve incurred to remain in these places, in blood and treasure. Insane.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    25 February 2012 @ 8:42 am

    I think it was right to go in and kick their butts, but staying has been a huge mistake.

    Remember when Bush campaigned against Clinton’s “nation building” in Bosnia … and then turned around and did the same thing?

  3. DSM
    25 February 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    World War IV, a.k.a. World War Zero, has been going on for almost fourteen hundred years. Those who would play the Great Game must play the long game.

    Those who aren’t going to play the long game had better be prepared either to use nuclear weapons or to recite the Shahada.

  4. Pigweed Pigweed
    27 February 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    The Taliban permitted the Al Queda camps where terrorists trained and Bin Laden plotted 9-11. We went in to take out the Taliban so that Afghanistan would no longer be a safe haven for terrorists. That makes sense. Now what?

    These bearded idiots are ignorant, hyper-religious children throwing themselves on the supermarket floor kicking and screaming for the whole world to see. There is no way to make a modern democracy out of this place. As McCarthy points out – are we trying build a “sharia democracy”? Please watch “Camp Victory” to see the frustration of trying to build an army out of Afghani illiterates.

    Do we just pull out, keep an eye on the place and drone bomb terrorist training camps? I really don’t care if the nation implodes so long as Americans don’t suffer in the process.

    Where is that peace-loving moderate majority? Has Islam been hijacked by a tiny bunch of dangerous radicals? McCarthy points out that you’re seeing Islam’s reasonable mainstream chanting in the street, screaming for blood.

    BTW- Did they burn first edition Korans written my Mohamed himself? Or just paper and ink printed and bound in the USA?

  5. pentamom pentamom
    27 February 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    20-20 hindsight and all that, but I think the approach of knocking out the Taliban and *not* fearing what vacuum might have arisen would have been the correct approach. Trying to prevent the vacuum or filling ourselves was a colossal failure.

    So, maybe the thing to do is that when they poke their heads up and *actually* (not potentially) strike out at us, we go smash them.

    And then we don’t worry about what will replace them — we put the people who want to think about replacing them on notice that we’ll keep doing it as often as necessary, but only when actually provoked.

    Somehow or other the West managed to price these people out of the market for several centuries, and I suspect it was this kind of approach. Neither nation-building nor appeasement seem to work well.