In 2005, there was a story circulated that American guards at Guantanamo Bay had ‘desecrated’ the Koran by flushing it into a toilet. The absurdity of the false charge, which would have resulted in plumbing problems, and been technically impossible, was never raised. Instead, US officials showed great concern and squirmed while decrying the (unproven) mistreatment of what they called “The Holy Koran”. Now that the truth has emerged that a Muslim prisoner is reported to have put pages of the Koran in a toilet to clog it, the state department and military have been more worried about appeasing Muslim rage instead of aggressively presenting the facts. As a result of this political correctness, protests have spread to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Gaza, resulting in riots that caused 7 deaths. This was a case study of conspiracy and mass hysteria in the Muslim world,
In 2011, the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., was thrust into the international spotlight when it threatened to destroy a copy of the Muslim holy book. Church pastor Terry Jones backed down then, but the church went through with the burning. Many Afghans only found out about it when Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the desecration four days
later. Protests broke out on Friday in Kabul, and thousands flooded the streets of Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh province in the north. Nine people were dead and scores wounded in Afghanistan in a second day of riots protesting the burning. The riots come just a day after similar demonstrations in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where a mob stormed the United Nations office and burned it. Seven international UN staff died there, along with five demonstrators. Less than 24 hours later in Kabul, a team of four suicide bombers tried to attack a large U.S. military installation. Police said that one of the bombers was arrested and another shot before he could detonate. Two set off their bombs, killing only themselves. Two of the bombers were reportedly wearing burkas, the head-to-toe covering worn by many Afghan women.
In 2012, clashes between Afghan troops and protesters angry over the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. military base left at least seven people dead and dozens wounded Wednesday as anger spread despite U.S. apologies over what it said was a mistake. The demonstrations across four eastern provinces illustrated the intensity of Afghans’ anger at what they saw as foreign forces flouting their laws and insulting their culture. The violence was also a reminder of how easily Afghan-U.S. relations can deteriorate as the two countries work to forge a long-term partnership ahead of the withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014. The unrest started when Afghan workers at the main American military base, Bagram Air Field, saw soldiers dumping books in a pit where garbage is burned and noticed Korans and other religious material among the trash. The top U.S. and NATO commander, Gen. John Allen, quickly issued an apology and telephoned President Hamid Karzai and major news organizations to explain that a collection of religious materials, including Korans, had been mistakenly sent to be incinerated. The demonstrations prompted the U.S. to lock down its embassy and bar its staff from traveling. By nightfall, seven people had been killed – four in Parwan province and one each in Kabul, Jalalabad and Logar province, and dozens were wounded, the Interior Ministry said.
In 2007, a Sunni mosque was leveled by an explosion in Basra, residents say, in the second retaliatory attack for the downing of Shiite minarets in as many days. Iraqi police did not immediately respond to the bombing of the al-Ashrah al-Mubashra mosque, witnesses said, raising fears that the city’s Shiite-dominated security forces were unwilling to stop sectarian attacks on Sunni landmarks. The Basra mosque attack was in apparent retaliation for the suspected al-Qaeda bombing of the Shiite Askariya shrine in Samarra three days earlier. The explosions brought down the mosque’s towering minarets and stoked panic that Iraq could fall further into a spiral of sectarian killings. In February 2006, Sunni militants blew up the same shrine’s glistening golden dome, in an attack whose aftermath has shredded the fabric of Iraqi society and killed tens of thousands of Iraqis. Bombers pulled up to the al-Ashrah al-Mubashra mosque in Basra’s al-Hakimiya district at dawn, residents in nearby houses said. Minutes after they left, a huge explosion tore through the building, levelling it completely. As they were leaving, the insurgents wrote graffiti on the mosque complex’s outer wall with the names of revered Shiite saints, witnesses said. They also hoisted a green Shiite flag over a crumbling part of the mosque. Some nearby houses were damaged in the blast, but no injuries were reported. Basra is Iraq’s second-largest city, 550 kilometres southeast of Baghdad. Police said bombers posing as television cameramen destroyed another important Sunni mosque near Basra, the Talha Bin al-Zubair shrine. Afterward, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an indefinite curfew in Basra. Many Korans were destroyed. No outrage.
In 2011, in the ancient Bahraini village of Aali, where some graves date to 2000 B.C., the Amir Mohammed Braighi mosque had stood for more than 400 years – one of the handsomest Shiite Muslim mosques in this small island nation in the Persian Gulf. Today, only bulldozer tracks remain. In Nwaidrat, where anti-government protests began Feb. 14, the Momen mosque had long been a center for the town’s Shiite population – photos show it as a handsome, square building neatly painted in ochre, with white and green trim, and a short portico in dark gray forming the main entrance. Today, only the portico remains. “When I was a child, I used to go and pray with my grandfather,” said a local resident, who asked to be called only Abu Hadi. “The area used to be totally green, with tiers of sweet water wells.” “Why did they destroy this mosque?” Abu Hadi wailed. “Muslims have prayed there for decades.” In Shiite villages across this island kingdom of 1.2 million, the Sunni Muslim government has bulldozed dozens of mosques as part of a crackdown on Shiite dissidents, an assault on human rights that is breathtaking in its expansiveness. Bahrain’s minister of justice and Islamic affairs, Sheikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdulla al Khalifa, defended the demolitions in an interview, claiming that any mosque demolished had been built illegally, recently, and without permission. “These are not mosques. These are illegal buildings,” he said. Many Korans were destroyed. No outrage.
In 2012, thousands of people died in clashes with troops in western Syria, where government forces reportedly shelled homes in one town, protest organizers and a human rights official said. At least 70,000 people have been killed since government forces entered Homs province to end protests against government rule and keep Bashar al-Assad in power, said Rami Abdel Rahman, president of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A witness in Rastan, who identified himself as a protest organizer named Abdullah, said there was heavy artillary fire and that shelling had destroyed about 20 hames and several mosques. Abdullah said the fighting has been nonstop since troops cut off the town. Abdullah said he carried the body of a 16-year old boy lkilled in the attack on the city. “He was just walking in the street when he was shot,” he said. He also said many Korans were destroyed in the mosques. No outrage.
In 2013, Islamist militants in northern Mali destroyed the ‘sacred’ door of one of Timbuktu’s three ancient mosques after smashing seven tombs of Muslim saints, witnesses said. “The Islamists have just destroyed the door to the entrance of the Sidi Yahya mosque. “They tore the sacred door off that we never open,” said a resident of the town. A former tour guide in the once-popular tourist destination said: “They came with pickaxes, they cried ‘God’ and broke the door. It is very serious. Some of the people watching began crying.” Another man, a relative of a local imam, said he had spoken to Islamist group Ansar Dine – Defenders of the Faith – that has gone on a rampage, destroying cultural treasures after occupying the town for three months. The door on the south end of the mosque has been closed for centuries due to local beliefs that to open it will bring misfortune. It leads to a tomb of saints, but the Islamists appeared unaware of this, as one witness said if they had known “they would have broken everything.” Many Korans were destroyed. No outrage.
So if Muslims destroy the Koran, there are no demonstrations, no protests,no riots. no outrage.