the Qur'an shooter

The US military has officially apologized for the actions of a sergeant who used the Qur'an for target practice.

The incident was earlier strongly condemned by al-Hashemi and the Association of Muslim Scholars, which represents many of Iraq's mosques.

"This heinous crime shows the hatred that the leaders and the members of the occupying force have against the Quran and the [Muslim] people," it said.

It added that it held both the US military and Iraqi government responsible for the incident.

The US army earlier said the staff sergeant, who fired bullets at the Quran and wrote graffiti inside it, had already been removed from Iraq and was to be disciplined.

A heinous crime? good grief. Personally I think that it's literally impossible to demean the Qur'an - the most anyone can do is destroy a copy, but that's an impotent gesture indeed. What need have we of apologies such as these? Why should the empty symbolism of an unbeliever concern us?

If anything is an insult to the Qur'an, it's this compulsive obsession with how the exterior of the physical book is treated rather than what's inside.

UPDATE: President Bush will also make a personal apology.


emily0 said...
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Aziz said...

emily, I apologise, but I prefer not to have that sort of language on my blog. If you can reword the sentiment a little less colorfully, then please do repost your comment.

emily0 said...

Apologies, I curse like a sailor. I forget that it is considered offensive. (I fail as a linguist, I think.)

On Quench Zine I posted about this issue. It's on Blogger and it's quenchzine.blogspot.com - basically, I am outraged at what Bush's apology says about the people who have died as a result of his orders and policies - that he doesn't care about anything, that they are puppets in a tv show to him.

It was in the context of the Rachel Ray "controversy".

Apologies again for strong language, the situation made me really, really, really, really angry. I felt like swinging a heavy metal pipe into someone responsible (and I'm essentially a pacifist)...

HalalHippie said...

The reverence Muslims have for the physical Book is hard to relate to for an infidel. If you cannot read it ,it's "only paper". Only when you read it and the words make meaning inside your mind does the faith process take place. As a non-Arabic reading infidel I cannot "respect" the Qu'ran, but I can - and do - respect _your_ feelings.

That said, suppose the soldier in question had seen friends killed by Qu'ran-and-AK47-toting "insurgents" he may have been traumatized into hating the Qu'ran.