April 6th, 2011
10:18 AM ET

Deadly violence after Quran burning

The New York Times' Roger Cohen is angry over the deadly violence in Afghanistan following the Florida Quran burning.

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  1. Andrea

    God bless our troops!! God bless america!!!!!!! Let our troops do their jobs and destroy the enemy 100% and then send our soldiers home =)

    April 16, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Abdul Ghani blessed 5 US troops after your post, idiot !

      April 18, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    It is not my responsibility to do anything. I can just be part of the debate with my ideas. I agree with some people posting here and even with US politicians like Ron Paul, Jesse Ventura, mostly even with Buchanan.
    If US policy were ddirected to solve his internal problems, controlling borders, controlling international waters to defend ships from piracy, and so allowing global economy to prosper, this would be better for all.
    AlQaeda had the same goal of US, after all: to free muslims countries from dictatorships like Mubaraq, Ghaddafi.
    Just for S.Arabia the interests conflicted, but it is undeniable it is a regime too.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Napolio

      Well, The goals of the US and other countries are often obscured by goals made known to the public. As in the Case of Iran, the stated goal for the nuclear program is "peaceful purposes". And since it we read it, it must be true, no? Is this Iran's only goal? Of course not. It was also said Israel should be wiped off the face of the Earth, no? Two Coalitions have accomplished the "goal" of making at least two countries in charge of their own destiny, neither of which you mention. Mubarack to be removed fro power has never been a goal of the US. In fact, he was a "friend" of the US, no? Gadaffi has always been a bit arrogant pain in the butt for the US and it appears the US wanted him removed but never could figure out how to do that (acceptably) or never considered it worth the effort. Now, in recent weeks both have come under internal domestic fire and it was suggested by the US that both relinquish power. I fail to see freeing the Muslims as a goal. The goal of the US is to free or promote freedom(s) to all countries.

      Being a part of the debate is great. Expressing your ideas and opinions is just as great and forgive me it appeared differently. When facts or views are distorted to further a particular viewpoint (and misunderstandings), along with mistrust and misunderstandings or disinformation (read lies) we all stand to suffer and lose, no? Of course, this discludes different interpretations or perceptions.

      No one has a "responsibility" to change or save the world except those who chose to do so. Those who choosing not to do so and poke at those who try can be called critics. Doing something may be as simple as joining the debate and offer palatable ideas. Doing so can be honorable if done so with honor and respect.

      BTW – The US has policies and objectives and spends plenty to further the world economy, secure its boards and high seas and deals with internal issues on a day to day basis. Saying it isn't so is a lie. Saying it should be done differently might make you a Republican.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        This is the first time US is not supporting dictatorships in the middle east. But they are still supporting repression in Bahrain and Yemen. Us is not for freedom. Us is not a true democracy. Democracy is a lie, it is no possible.
        This is why even intervention in Libya is wrong.

        April 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Albert E

      People, might as well get used to it now and face this fact: Islam and the rest of this world will be at WAR soon into the future. Islam is dead set against any other religion on this planet to survive and live in peace. They will convert or kill the infidel and I see a revolution in the future of death and destruction that will strike Islam down. This will be the next WORLD WAR, one of religions and faith, Islam will pay dearly for their non ability to be more tolerant of other societies and governments. I see a horrible future for Islam and Muslims and can just stand by for the wrath of the world to come and take its revenge!!!!!!

      April 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The problem is US aggression. People need to relie on religion to fight back as muslims are not enough violent to fight back.

        April 18, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Napoli

    Exactly! You do not want a solution. You like things the way they are and are not willing to do anything for the better. It is so much easier to sit in the Lazyboy, complain and whine about how others are doing things wrong. What have you one lately to make things better, besides hammering everyone who posts this blog?

    April 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Napoli

    If the middle east, or the world at large, cannot agree to disagree, guess what the results will be? No, don't guess – it is easier, read here.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      In the west you believe to disagree, but you are just following orders. You can disagree only when you are allowed to.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Common Sense is a wonderful thing. It is too bad their is so little to go about in this area of the world. A small dose would go a very long way to you and yours.

        Does anyone have any idea how to solve a problem rather than create and perpetuate?

        April 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Do you want to solve the problem ? Are you desperately looking for a solution ?
        I will give you the answer right now !!
        Implement the foreign policy of SWITZERLAND, (or similar countries), as they had no problem with Islamic jihad.

        April 9, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        Great idea. Why don't you try it out and let me know how it goes.

        Superpowers have a need to "control". It matters not if this were the US, USSR, China, or the UN. It also comes from Super Powerful Rich in these organizations.

        You want foreigners out of the middle east? I have a solution – turn over Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar. That would be great – then everyone could go home.

        But I am sure you will not think this is a good idea. In fact, you will post some more ridiculous propaganda that serves nothing more to fuel the fire and will keep foreign forces in place. I can see how successful you might be with that.

        April 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I have no problem with US presence, as the US-UN troops are the ones loosing their lives. If you want to play you have to pay.

        April 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. milsyman

    slerno you need to grow up and under stand the u.s will keep pushing till the and so give up or die

    April 7, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      milsyman – you need to learn spelling. In the mean time US soldiers will continue to die.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. salerno

    It is not just the Quran burning. People protested in Kabul many times in last weeks against the killing of afghan children.
    US Nato called for mistakes, but the Quran burning is another element showing no respect for the Afghan people and for the Afghan lives. They have no rights and are considered freely expendible.
    So the afghans did very well to kill the intruders as they are not innocent.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. john Owen

    Is their outrage due to Quran burning 10000s miles away or this http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,752310,00.html happening everyday on their doorstep

    April 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlexanderTheGreat

      Thank you John Owen. A small voice of logic and civility in the middle of this mess:
      Quoting Der Spiegel:

      "Both sides carry blame: those who provoke, and those who allow themselves to be provoked."

      "On the one side are the radical, evangelical Christian pastors who offer blanket condemnations of Islam, knowing full well what the consequences might be. On the other side are the Muslim extremists who react reflexively and kill indiscriminately as revenge. Both sides think they are right. And they play by rules that disregard basic tenets of civilization..."

      April 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kevin Wolf

        It saddens me that people use the 'right' of free speech to willingly violate what is 'right' in the eyes of all rational people. As a Christian outreach organization, nothing could be more detrimental to our efforts. Or as an American who is concerned for the safety of troops, women, children and civilians, nothing could be more detrimental to those goals either.
        Check us out @ http://www.souljournersforchrist.com/blog to see rational ideas in the face of this foolish extremism.

        April 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. salerno

    Someone should explain to Roger Cohen that people can become angry when their country is occupied for ten years and people are killed every day. Additionally, even the non combatant of the invading country show this kind of stupid hostility against their tradition like if it was responsible for the war. They did very well to kill the intruders as they were not innocent.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      These murders were not done because of any kind of invasion. They were done by religious mad men who wanted to kill and destroy anybody and anything that did not have anything to do with Islam. This is why Islam is neither a peaceful nor a Holy religion, it only cares for itself and it's power and control.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • sherri

        I have to agree with ya there Dan.

        April 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan and sherri – you are both wrong, as before the Quran burning afghans protested against the killing of the 9 children in the Kunar province and the 65 civilians. The Quran burning was just another element to push for the violence.
      Afghanistan do not need UN workers, at least those afghans in KABUL did not want them in their country. So I stick with my point that they did well to kill the intruders.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |