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    There is no point blaming the Taliban for their response. The Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus should have "rioted" similarly when their holy books/ symbols were destroyed by the Taliban. Every month there are cases of bibles/ churches being burnt by religious zealots of different hues - but the vast majority of christians remain silent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigross86 View Post
    This gentlewoman has said it all so eloquently what has been in my mind. It is insane to take human lives for the sake of burning books, any book for that matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lemontree View Post
    There is no point blaming the Taliban for their response. The Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus should have "rioted" similarly when their holy books/ symbols were destroyed by the Taliban. Every month there are cases of bibles/ churches being burnt by religious zealots of different hues - but the vast majority of christians remain silent.
    The bolded people have better common-sense I guess. A book is a book, holy or not.
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    Turns out there are a number of 'acceptable' ways to dispose off the holy book.

    Quran burning: What is the respectful way to dispose of Islam's holy book? | CS Monitor Blog | Feb 21 2012

    One could literally bury the Quran, ideally in a place with little foot traffic. Another option is to put the book in a flowing body of water, either letting it sink or be carried away. Regardless of the method, treating the book’s destruction with respect is paramount. Safi likens it to a poor man’s funeral, where the book might be wrapped in a shroud before being placed in the ground and mourned.
    You can actually burn it (!)

    Burning the Quran, however, is also an accepted practice.

    “People often ask, ‘if it’s OK for Muslims to burn the Quran, then why isn’t it OK for the US military to do it?’” Safi says. “That’s where the question of symbolism is important.”

    Some say erasing the names of God and his messengers prior to burning the Quran makes it acceptable, but Safi says it’s even simpler than that. It comes down to context: Burning the text in a dumpster with trash on a US military base feels less respectful than treating the disposal with reverence in a burial or sacred burning.

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    I'm sorry too - sorry we don't finish the job over there, kill all the murdering bad guys and their leaders - with extreme prejudice using the superb weapons my tax dollars pay for, I would choose MOAB's for the presidental palace where the leader lives, 50 of them would suite me just fine - and then get the hell out of hell - which is what that place really is. Anyone who kills anyone over a book is a murderer - plain and simple. I support the death penalty for cold blooded murderers and would be willing the operate the electric chair for them personally - my tired old hand may slip and prolong their agony - but oh well - tough beans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USSWisconsin View Post
    I'm sorry too - sorry we don't finish the job over there, kill all the murdering bad guys and their leaders - with extreme prejudice using the superb weapons my tax dollars pay for, I would choose MOAB's for the presidental palace where the leader lives, 50 of them would suite me just fine - and then get the hell out of hell - which is what that place really is. Anyone who kills anyone over a book is a murderer - plain and simple. I support the death penalty for cold blooded murderers and would be willing the operate the electric chair for them personally - my tired old hand may slip and prolong their agony - but oh well - tough beans.
    I never understood USA's penchant for "rebuilding" and "political change". The only message that feudal societies understand is to do a Mongol on them. Just bomb them to stone age and set an example to what would happen to other countries which harbour terrorists.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by 667medic View Post
    I never understood USA's penchant for "rebuilding" and "political change". The only message that feudal societies understand is to do a Mongol on them. Just bomb them to stone age and set an example to what would happen to other countries which harbour terrorists.......
    Geneva Convention.

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    They don't hang them anymore.

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