Meanwhile, Obama Administration officials and General Allen are falling all over themselves apologizing to everyone in sight, instead of standing up and calling this madness what it is. “Qur’an protesters attack Kabul compound housing foreigners,” by Emma Graham-Harrison in the Guardian, February 22:
Afghan protesters armed with stones and molotov cocktails have attacked a military base and a compound housing foreign workers in Kabul, in a second day of violence over the burning of copies of the Qur’an by foreign forces.
At least 16 demonstrators and one police officer were injured as enraged crowds took to the streets in central and eastern Afghanistan, shouting “Death to America” and “Death to Obama”.
Police in Kabul used water cannon and fired guns into the air to deter the demonstrators, who were attacking shops and smashing car windows. Security guards in the compound that came under attack also opened fire with automatic rifles.
A military base was attacked on the outskirts of the capital.
Eleven men were treated for gunshot wounds in Kabul, said Kabir Amiri, spokesman for the city’s hospitals. Another five people were injured in eastern Jalalabad, said Ahmad Zia Ahmadzai, spokesman for the provincial governor….
The US embassy ordered all staff to stay inside their compound, and the UN and many other embassies and foreign aid groups halted movements across Kabul.
“The embassy is on lockdown; all travel suspended. Please, everyone, be safe out there,” the embassy’s official Twitter feed said.
Wimps, cowards, and social workers.
The US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, also issued an apology for “inappropriate treatment” of copies of the Qur’an at the Bagram airbase to try to contain fury over the incident….
Good. There weren’t yet enough apologies from American officials.