What could the charge possibly be? Whoever did it didn’t break any law except Sharia, which NATO has not (yet) adopted. And that’s what this whole controversy is really all about: it’s another Islamic supremacist attempt to force non-Muslims to abide by Sharia provisions.
“Afghanistan demands NATO put Koran-burners on trial,” by Mirwais Harooni and Amie Ferris-Rotman for Reuters, February 23:
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan wants NATO to put on public trial those who burned copies of the Koran at a NATO base, President Hamid Karzai’s office said on Thursday, after a third day of bloody protests over the incident.It said NATO had agreed to a trial, but that could not be immediately confirmed.
Karzai had earlier accused a U.S. officer of “ignorantly” burning copies of the Koran, in an incident that has deepened anti-Western sentiment in a country NATO is trying to stabilize before foreign combat troops leave by the end of 2014.
Demonstrations have drawn thousands of angry Afghans to the streets, chanting “Death to America!” amid violence that has killed 11 people including two U.S. service personnel.
“NATO officials, in response to a request for the trial and punishment of the perpetrators … promised this crime will brought to court as soon as possible,” Karzai’s office said in a statement.
President Barack Obama sent a letter to Karzai apologizing for the burning of the Korans, after Afghan laborers found charred copies while collecting rubbish at the sprawling Bagram air base.
Obama told Karzai the incident was not intentional.
The letter, which the White House said was a follow-up to a phone call earlier this week between the two leaders to discuss a “long-term partnership” between Washington and Kabul, was delivered to Karzai by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker.
Karzai’s office said in a statement Obama had promised to investigate those involved in the incident.
Karzai said the American officer had acted “out of ignorance and with poor understanding” of the Koran’s importance, a presidential statement said.