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Republican Candidates Say Afghans Should Apologize

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Afghanistan should apologize to the U.S.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Afghanistan should apologize to the U.S.
Three of the four Republican candidates still in the running for the U.S. presidency said in televised interviews on February 26 that U.S. President Barack Obama should not have apologized for the Koran-burning incident in Afghanistan.

News that Korans and other Islamic religious materials were burned by U.S. troops at the Bagram military base earlier this month sparked angry protests in several Afghan provinces.

During the six days of unrest that followed, some 30 Afghans were killed. The February 25 killing of two U.S. advisers, who were shot dead in the Interior Ministry building in Kabul, has been connected to the continued outrage over the Koran burnings.

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker handed over an official apology from President Obama to Afghan officials on February 23.

Republican candidates competing to run against Obama this November seized on the issue in their campaigns. They have criticized Obama for the apology and said it is Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan people who should be apologizing to the U.S.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" on February 26, candidate Rick Santorum said the burning of the Korans "was inadvertent."  "This was a mistake and there was no deliberate act," Santorum said. He said it "should not have occurred, but it was an accident" and so "there was no act that needed an apology."

Propaganda Tool For Taliban

Santorum said what happened in Afghanistan after the news broke about the burning of the Korans does require an apology. "I think the response needs to be apologized for by Karzai and the Afghan people of attacking and killing our men and women in uniform and overreacting to this inadvertent mistake," Santorum said, adding, "that is the real crime here, not what our soldiers did."

Another Republican candidate, Newt Gingrich, released a statement after President Obama's apology that said, "It is Hamid Karzai who owes the American people an apology, not the other way around" and branded Obama an "appeaser."

In a separate interview on Fox News, also on February 26, candidate Mitt Romney said "with regards to the [Obama] apology, I think for a lot of people it sticks in their throat." Romney said, "The idea that we are there, having lost thousands of individuals through casualty and death -- we've made an enormous contribution to help the people there achieve freedom, and for us to be apologizing at a time like this is something which is very difficult for the American people to countenance."

Afghan officials worry the Taliban is using the Koran-burning incident as a key propaganda tool to incite the Afghan people against Karzai's government and the presence of foreign troops.

Karzai appealed for calm, saying the demonstrations of discontent had already served their purpose. "Now that we have shown our sentiments and defended our belief and religious values with the cost of our lives, it's time to regain and preserve calm," Karzai said. The Afghan president warned, "We should not allow enemies to misuse it and to risk our country and our people's properties."

But in these public comments, he took a hard line with those responsible for burning the Korans.

"On behalf of the Afghanistan nation and the sentiment of Afghans, in fact world Muslims," Karzai said, "we repeated our demand that the American government put on trial and punish those who committed this action."
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by: Sey from: World
February 27, 2012 03:29
Do Americans seriously believe Afghans are thankful to them for invading and destroying their country in the name of "democracy and freedom"?

What I'm talking about, of course they do...

by: Mark Anderson from: Nokomis, Florida
February 27, 2012 05:22
Of course Mitt, Rick, and Newt, would sacrifice as many American lives as they could in order to be President.

by: Adam from: Pilsen
February 27, 2012 11:40
The candidates fail to realise that despite all the propaganda babble, America is in a state of war with the common Afghan people. In a state of war bloodshed occurs. Have not, the Americans killed countless Afghan civilians, yet an apology is not forthcoming each time this occurs. The Quraan unites the Afghan people in a way nationality never will. A response such as seen in the past week should be expected by a people who have endured much at the hands of invaders who do not understand religion. If the Americans are not in a state of war with Afghanistan (as they say) then their soldiers who perpetrated this act should be handled as with any other civilian of Afghanistan and be punished by what ever punishment is deemed appropriate by law. This is fairness. The Afghan people wish to see some justice and apologies from whichever party do not deliver that. Concrete action will. This of course is unlikely to happen until people who do not drool at the mention of money, enter government. In my opinion the Taliban would be the most appropriate government (even the Americans seem to think so). May Allah grant the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan a just and truthful governance, with Islam as the uniting factor.
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by: Ivan from: California
February 27, 2012 17:42
Why is it when the Taliban bomb a market and dozens of innocent Afghans get killed you never hear of any Afghan protests or outrage against this type of behavior? When the Taliban kill innocent civilians the Afghans run and hide (in support of the Taliban). Nato should just get out of Afghanistan they will NEVER succeed.
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by: Adam from: Pilsen
February 28, 2012 19:29
I agree that the Taliban has defects( no government is without them) and the civilians are unfortunately caught in between. In answer to your question, I think it's because Afghans realise that what the Taliban are trying to acheive is better than what the Americans are attempting to do(install a crony to rule on their behalf). Also the sanctity of the Quraan is higher than that of life itself. This forms the basis of fighting for the religion.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 27, 2012 15:35
The former President George W. Bush was for many the ultimate challenge to the Darwin's theory of evolution: looking at George one could distrustfully ask "really, this guy also originates from monkeys???" But now we have a representative of a totally different specie - Mr. Santorum. I mean, I really think this guy has a significant potential in the US: the more brainless, the likelier it is that he will stirke a cord with the majority of gringos :-))))))))). Would be good if in the course of the presidential campaign journalists asked him where Canada is - and it would be interesting to hear his answer :-)))))).
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by: Jim from: Southampton New York
February 28, 2012 01:44
You hit the nail on the head. Fortunately, I think the media is highlighting Santorum to get ratings. I don't think the guy has any chance of being the nominee. I think the vast majority of the American people are against his brand of conservatism. Women want the right to say what happens to their bodies. Every intelligent person is in favor of birth control. I think the wrong wing fanatics will end up seeing their nightmare....4 more years of President Obama. Hopefully he will be able to get something done in his next 4 year term.
ps...please don't remind us of the 8 years of backward thinking and human rights violations that was the G W Bush era. Let us look forward.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 28, 2012 07:36
Ok :-).

by: sdfsdf from: dfgsdfgsq
February 27, 2012 22:17
What a hell republican says. they are stupid.They can kill people but they can't apologise?

by: Anonymous
February 28, 2012 11:50
I have idea

that when USA / NATO will leave Afghanistan

the situation will be not so different

from situation when left Afghanistan the Russians

with all the country into the hands of the Taliban

and only Kabul in government hands

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