In response to the violent protests that have swept through Afghanistan and claimed the lives of U.S. servicemen, President Obama sent Afghan President Hamid Karzai a letter. However, rather than demanding the murderers be brought to justice, the president's letter apologizes for what "sparked" the protests: U.S. soldiers accidentally incinerating copies of the Koran that were being used by detainees to trade secret information.
In his letter, the president expresses his “deep regret for the reported incident’’ and offers his “sincere apologies.’’
According to the statement, the president wrote: “The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.’’
And not one to shy away from expressing his concerns for how U.S. service members are treated by the Obama administration, Rep. Allen West (R-FL), released a statement directed at the president’s apology Monday morning. Here is the Congressman’s message via his Facebook page:
I want to extend my sincere condolences to the families of the Army Colonel and Major who were killed by Afghanistan security forces over this “burning Koran” episode.
If we had resolute leadership in the White House, we would have explained that these Islamic terrorist enemy combatants detained at the Parwan facility used the Koran to write jihadist messages to pass to others.
In doing so, they violated their own cultural practice and defiled the Koran and turned the Koran into contraband.
The Islamic cultural practice and Parwan detention facility procedures support burning the “contraband.”
Instead here we go again, offering apology after apology and promising to “hold those responsible accountable.” Responsible for what?
When tolerance becomes a one-way street it leads to cultural suicide.
This time it immediately led to the deaths of two American Warriors.
America is awaiting the apology from President Hamid Karzai.
Indeed, America is waiting on Karzai -- just don't be surprised if there isn't lot of sympathy expressed by the man who, in a thinly veiled threat, once referred to the U.S.-led NATO forces as an "occupying force."