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The causes of the protests in Afghanistan


February 26, 2012 - Most American media accounts and commentary about the ongoing violent anti-American protests in Afghanistan depict their principal cause as anger over the burning of Korans (itís just a book: why would people get violent over it?) ó except that Afghans themselves keep saying things like this: Protesters in Kabul interviewed on the road and in front of Parliament said that this was not the first time that Americans had violated Afghan cultural and religious traditions and that an apology was not enough. "This is not just about dishonoring the Koran, it is about disrespecting our dead and killing our children," said Maruf Hotak, 60, a man who joined the crowd on the outskirts of Kabul, referring to an episode in Helmand Province when American Marines urinated on the dead bodies of men they described as insurgents and to a recent erroneous airstrike on civilians in Kapisa Province that killed eight young Afghans....

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The causes of the protests in Afghanistan

Glenn Greenwald

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Afghans shout slogans during anti-US protest over burning of Qurans at a military bass in Afghanistan, in Ghani Khail, east of Kabul Friday, Feb. 24,2012. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

February 26, 2012

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Most American media accounts and commentary about the ongoing violent anti-American protests in Afghanistan depict their principal cause as anger over the burning of Korans (itís just a book: why would people get violent over it?) ó except that Afghans themselves keep saying things like this:

Protesters in Kabul interviewed on the road and in front of Parliament said that this was not the first time that Americans had violated Afghan cultural and religious traditions and that an apology was not enough.

"This is not just about dishonoring the Koran, it is about disrespecting our dead and killing our children," said Maruf Hotak, 60, a man who joined the crowd on the outskirts of Kabul, referring to an episode in Helmand Province when American Marines urinated on the dead bodies of men they described as insurgents and to a recent erroneous airstrike on civilians in Kapisa Province that killed eight young Afghans.

"They always admit their mistakes," he said. "They burn our Koran and then they apologize. You canít just disrespect our holy book and kill our innocent children and make a small apology."


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