I wrote a couple of days ago about how US military forces in Afghanistan burned copies of the Koran and the Afghan protests that ensued. In response to the protests and the subsequent deaths of two US soldiers Gingrich stated that it is Afghanistan who must apologize to the United States. However, while the killings of the two US soldiers is tragic and in no way justified, I think that it is quite clear that the Afghan people are the real victims here.
As I’ve already pointed out, we are in a war of aggression against Afghanistan. We invaded their country, we have occupied their lands for years and we have committed numerous abuses at the expense of the Afghan people. This is about more than just book burning. At least two Afghans have been killed as protests that have rocked the country have now passed their sixth day. Clashes between law enforcement and rioters have already left more than 30 people dead and hundreds injured according to Russia Today. Afghanistan has put up with over-aggressive American ultranationalism for a long, long time and their outrage is boiling over. Leaders on both sides have petitioned for an end to the violence but the sad reality is that the Afghan people can never know peace until we end our military occupation of their homeland.