"Protesters don’t understand how anyone who knows the country could have made such a mistake"
“Personally, I didn’t join the protests because I was afraid of getting hurt. I don’t think the Korans were destroyed intentionally. There are also Muslims working at the Bagram base and they wouldn’t have let something like that be ordered.But people are protesting because they know that the US military are educated, know about Afghanistan and its cultural and religious sensitivities. They can’t believe the Korans were burnt inadvertently. They think it’s an unthinkable mistake to make.The incident was just one more humiliation for Muslims in general and Afghans in particular. It’s not the first time that US soldiers make this kind of “mistake”. And last year, a public Koran burning by an American radical Evangelical pastor Terry Jones sparked furious protests here. Several people were killed then, too.Foreigners were also killed after that incident, in an attack against office buildings in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Things could get as bad again. This time the US embassy in Kabul has ordered its personnel to stay inside as much as possible and avoid going near any protests.I don’t think the protests will stop straight away – not before Friday prayers, at least.”
Picture posted on Twitter by Sharifullah Shahak.