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Post Quran-Burning in Afghanistan
Created by John Eipper on 02/26/12 4:58 PM

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Quran-Burning in Afghanistan (Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 02/26/12 4:58 pm)

I am agnostic about who is responsible for the Koran-burning incident in Afghanistan, which is much to be regretted, of course.

I agree with Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (23 February) that there is obviously much anti-American feeling in Afghanistan, and that US moral standing is pretty low after these awful wars and, especially, after the outrages of Abu Gharib. However, I don't think any of these things tells us anything about who burned those Korans.

I agree with Soraya that we can well imagine that some US soldiers might have been capable of doing it--we have Abu Gharib as evidence.

I disagree with Soraya that no Muslim could ever have done it. Such "no true Scotsman" statements are generally fallacious--and we know from experience that Muslims and non-Muslims alike are capable of almost anything, for what seems to the perpetrator like a good cause. I can very well imagine an Afghani doing such a thing, to stir up feelings against the "Crusaders," although I must note that neither my imagination, nor anyone else's, proves anything at all.

In short, I think we have too little information for these speculations to be worth much.

JE comments: US officials have apologized, but we know nothing more than that.

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