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BOOK BURNING…THIS TIME THE KORAN

By now we've all heard of the story of Amerikan forces "inadvertently" burning several Muslim books, including the Koran:

Afghans rally in Kabul to slam Qur'an burning by US-led forces

Now, since this incident, we've been treated to all sorts of hand-wringing from various Amerikan military offices and even the current Sock Puppet in the White House.

Beyond the reprehensibility of burning any book - remember the adage of the German poet, where books are burned, people are not far behind - and trying to kill ideas, no one seems to be asking two questions: where is the similar hand-wringing when similar events - and worse - are perpetrated by that religion against Jews or Christians? Worse, there is another question: was this really an accident? General John Allen, commander of the imperial NATO troops in Afghanistan, says no:

"'We are thoroughly investigating the incident and we are taking steps to ensure this does not ever happen again. I assure you… I promise you … this was not intentional in any way,' he further said."

Sorry, but I'm not buying it, and the reason I'm not buying it, is that it doesn't fit the pattern we've seen emerging. And what's that pattern?

  1. Increased war rhetoric from the West, and particularly Israel, against Iran and its "threat" of a nuclear program, with Israel recently serving notice of the ultimate tail-wagging-the--dog scenario that it would not warn the U.S. prior to unilateral military action against Iran;
  2. Western interference in the Arab spring, in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Syria;
  3. American and Nato buildup of stockpiles in Europe and Turkey, and increasing naval presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and near Iran;
  4. The recent raid to find and kill Bin Laden;

and on and on we could go. The point here is that the pattern is one of increasing villainization and vilification of the Muslim world, in an effort to provoke that world.

Within this wider context, the burning of the Korans in Afghanistan does not fit, if one views it as an accident, but if viewed as a deliberate act, then it does. The reaction of the Afghani peasants was predictable: outrage. Now it just remains to fan the flame of outrage in the West...perhaps by real or staged atrocities against Christians or Jews, perhaps by something else.

The playbook is all too predictable, and the people behind it, are all too transparent.

See you on the flip side...

10 thoughts on “BOOK BURNING…THIS TIME THE KORAN”

  1. Humans (especially in the ‘West’) are conditioned to having an enemy-an ‘other’. From Greeks and ‘Persian Decadence’ to the Cold War, Governments and individuals have sought to find their ‘nemesis’, the entity that gives them ‘legitimacy’, ‘righteousness’ and ‘power’.

    What concerns me isn’t the need for Governments to create enemies so as to legitimise their empires, it is the individual who can only define themselves by having an ‘evil’ to fight.

    G’Quon wrote, “There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities; it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain.”

  2. As I wrote you before they have raised the stakes lone nut marine kills sixteen Afghan men,women and children sounds familiar Arizonia eneyone. Same route always works and the Islamics are falling for this playing their part in the coming Armageddon.

  3. “Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.”
    Heinrich Heine

    “If you look on without lifting a finger you will meet the same fate sooner or later.”
    Hauptmann Erwin Planck

  4. This absolutely outrages me, and it is an absolute embarrassment. No book should be burned. All books, at a minimum, are there for thought and need to be tackled, analyzed, and historically contextualized. Even if one does not agree with Islamic religion, how could anyone even write a history of Islam without it? Furthermore, all it does is create contempt and a bloodthirsty contempt at that. And here we wonder why things like ‘blowback’ happen…

  5. ” The playbook is all too predictable, and the people behind it, are all too transparent.”

    And yet most still refuse to see it, meanwhile they continue to get away with it and always will. The gov could come on TV tomorrow and admit everything and all people would do is complain. Nothing would change. People don’t want change, they just don’t want to know about the corruption. They are happy with their illusory and meaningless lives, football and television, church and the voting booth.

    1. “Freedom Is Frightening. Remember That.” … This Truism pretty much EXPLAINS the Error you & a few others made “coming here to help” Stop the merciless Abuse & Slaughter of the hapless humAnimal Herds. They Like it! … Next Stop… Off the Galaxy’s Insane Asylum: Earth. (Not even a nice place to visit.)

    2. Hi spiritsplice,

      you said it all- I couldn’t agree with you more-

      “People don’t want change, they just don’t want to know about the corruption. They are happy with their illusory and meaningless lives, football and television, church and the voting booth.”

      Amen- but just about everyone on my Email list (family, friends) is awash in this concept- trying to get them out of their matrix seems to be hopeless- very frustrating!

      Larry

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