Karzai continues to demonstrate that he is sharper than Obama.
Originally Posted by AmPat
Earlier on Sunday, in a televised address, President Hamid Karzai "condemned with the strongest words" the treatment of Islam's holy book and said the people who did it should be punished.Karzai said exactly what his people wanted to hear, but also told them to calm down. Of course, the Taliban will whip this up for all that it's worth, but let's remember that the persons who desecrated the Qur'ans were the prisoners who wrote jihadi slogans all over them. Let's also remember that the various Islamic terror groups routinely target mosques for bombings, and that those mosques have Qur'ans in them. Blowing up a mosque full of Qur'ans has got to be worse than simply burning a couple that had been defaced, and one would think that blowing up a mosque full of people and Qur'ans would be worse than either, but there isn't a whole lot of that kind of thinking in the Muslim world.
But he also called for an end to the violence saying: "Now that we have shown our feelings, it is time to be calm and peaceful."
Mr Karzai said he respected the feelings of Afghans incensed by the Koran burning, but called on them not to "let the enemies of Afghanistan misuse their feelings".
He continued: "The demonstrations unfortunately had casualties, some 29 persons were martyred and around 200 wounded.
"We have ordered the security forces to be careful and protect people's lives and property."
The burning of the Korans had sparked five days of violent protests.
The Afghan Taliban have called on Afghans to kill foreign troops in revenge for the Koran burning, and claimed to have been behind the shooting deaths of two US officers within the heavily-fortified interior ministry in Kabul on Saturday.