U.S. Soldier Uses Quran For Target Practice

@Rozie37 (15505)
Turkmenistan
May 18, 2008 2:04am CST
I found this story interesting because it is very hard for me to develop an opinion. I mean, I know that the U.S. military is held to a very high standard. I also know that people highly respect their religion, as I do mine. But if I saw someone shooting at the Bible, I would simply say that it was between them and God. What do you think? http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/05/17/iraq.quran/index.html
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@peavey (15100)
• United States
18 May 08
I don't think the question is whether it's right or wrong to shoot at the Quran, but rather, what the purpose of it is. Considering the situation, it was a deliberate insult and he shouldn't have done it. Just my two cents' worth. :)
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@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
18 May 08
Yes, I think the main purpose is why the guys are using the QUaran as target practice. From a personal point of view, I think it's quite sad when you start insulting someone elses religion for the fun of it and when you take a position against that said religion, it actually says more about you than the religion - hence I wouldn't get upset when people are openly disrespecting religion because they are being condemed by their very actions. However, we're not talking about personal views here. We're talking about US troops being sent into a foreign country to try and bring peace to a troubled land. If this story were to get out and about in the Arab world, it would be the best recruitment tool for terrorist.
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@peavey (15100)
• United States
18 May 08
I think it's sad, too, but we have to think about the soldier's situation, too. I'm sure he's seen more than we'll ever know about it. He's fighting in a nation that's been torn to pieces by those who claim to practice this religion. I don't think it was a good thing to do because of political reasons. Insulting another religion or nation or group of nations is dangerous because of his position. He probably didn't even think about it getting out, on CNN, yet. I don't know how I would feel if something I'd done was suddenly world headline news. I'm sure the Arabian nations already know about it. There's a lot to think about.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
18 May 08
I think that he may have also been trying to make a statement of frustration of their belief system which is understandable. I have heard that they believe they will be honored in Heaven for killing the unbelievers of their religion. But I know for me, I do my best not to deliberately down someone's religion, if only for the simple fact that I do not like when my religion is atacked. But again, that is between them and God.
• India
18 May 08
That ia very disrespectful, coz all of hold our religions dear, or at least whoever has one, they do. And so do muslims, infact they r extra sensitive in everyway, so that should be disrespectful. Im more sad on the fact that no matter what the US soldier belives in, he most successfully gave an idea to muslims that he is an american, and america is the christian land, so he is a christian, and this is what a christian has done. Thats what concludes it all, i wish some people behave more maturely, and give some credit for themselves for what they r doing, they r soldiers..
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
18 May 08
I understand completely and you are right, he was disrespecting their religion. But I thik he may have also been trying to express his frustration with their beliefs.
• India
19 May 08
Yeah may b he was just letting out his frstration, i sure know few things which really do frustrate me about them too, but y did he do it in a muslim country? Thats dangerous even more 4 a non-muslim. So what i supposed to say was, he went there as a solider , just do his duties n b safe bk, not to untimely indulged himself in something like this.
18 May 08
I personally think people hold religion too high. Maybe it is me and my beliefs, but if you shot any other book besides a religious one, well, people would not care at all. All of a sudden you say, or do one thing to a religious symbol and you are an immoral, baby-killing, kitten stabbing murderer that will rot in hell. Im honestly sick of this country's people injecting religion into everything. It is a pet peeve of mine and i know im going to be insulted as well for it.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
18 May 08
I do not think that you should be insulted for it. God gave everyone a free will and no human being has the right to take that away. I can see how you would say that people hold religion too high. There was a time when I did not understand why people put God in everything. But now, I understand that it is not mandatory, but a choice. When someone is in love, all they seem to talk about is that person. That person is the center of their life and if they loss that person, they feel as though their life would come to an end. Well this is the way children of God feel. He is everything to me. I would not want to live if he were not here with me. He is the center of my joy, my life.
• Philippines
18 May 08
Religion has been the cause of many wars. To think that the military would intentionally disrespect other faiths would be to assume that the military is inciting war.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
18 May 08
You are right, it does appear that he was intentionally disrespecting their religion and it could not possibly accomplish anything positive. Even God gave them a choice. I have heard in the past that Christains have been the cause of a lot of trouble in the past. I have always wondered if these people were actually Christians or simply calling themselves that.
• United States
20 May 08
hiya~ I'm a Christian, I understand my faith to teach me to respect others, even if they don't believe as i do....i personally think this crosses that line of respect. if i we're this soldiers superior i would severly repermand him.....how can we expect to win the people of Iraq if we show no respect for their beliefs and their culture...this soldier is being counter productive... ~j
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
20 May 08
All I can say is that because I am not over there fighting that war, I am in no position to judge how anyone should behave. To me, I see war as being in a whole other world where normal things just don't make sense any more. I guess there is a such thing as organized war, things that you can and can not do. But if someone is shooting at me and I am trying to help their country, everything goes, as far as I am concerned. I think he may have been trying to express his frustration with their beliefs.
• United States
21 May 08
hiya~ i can see what u mean....and at the very least understand where u are coming from. i know we disagree but like i said, i do see ur point, and will says its a good point :) ~j
• United States
18 May 08
I would think that someone shooting the Bible is disrespectful so I can see why people would be offended. At the same time, I respect our soldiers so much and think that they must have done it out of anger for a lot of hate that the Koran promotes. Regardless, it is a Holy Book and shouldn't have been mistreated like that.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
19 May 08
This is a book that is only holy to the people who believe in what it says. I do not consider it to be holy.
@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
19 May 08
You may not consider the Quaran to be Holy and to be a hate filled book. But to the people in the Islamic world, they consider it as such. And when you consider that US troops are in the Middle East as part of an invading force, you would expect their comanders to not want to inflame the local population by insisting their troops show a tinny bit of respect for the local beliefs. Of course, if the comanders of the troops think that the local people are simply going to let the overwhelming force of US firepower overcome and beat them into submission and let US troops do what they please, they will be betraying their own troops.
• United States
18 May 08
Now, I could care less what someone does in their own time, however, this guy really wants doing it on his own time. He's in the military and was caught while with them. That is something he needs to be reprimanded for. That isn't cool. However, if he was doing this in his own back yard, then so be it. When you're in the military you have to show the upmost respect and act professional.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
18 May 08
I totally agree that his actions were wrong.
• United States
18 May 08
it was an incredibly stupid thing for that soldier to do. he HAD to have known it would be found upsetting and insulting to Muslims. and whether he is Christian or not (or any other religeon for that matter) he would not want someone doing that to his scripture. shoot, even if he is an atheist! to do that to something that a religous group finds holy is disrectfull, mean, and in that part of the world, could very easily have caused a violent uprising. and the article says that ppl were there protesting what he had done as the Commander issued an apology! jeezu, with the violence and religous tension going on while and sometimes because of, our being in that country, that soldier shooting the Quran was BEYOND stupid! thankfully that soldier is being relieved of active duty and redeployed within the States. i can just imagine the target that would be on his back by the terrorists that are just looking for anything to use as an excuse for more violence. its just a matter of respect. i dont believe in god, i dont hold faith in any religion. but just because Idont believe doesnt give me the right to discount or disrepect what someone else believes to be true. part of being a GOOD human being is being kind and having respect for your fellow mankind. wouldnt the world be such a wonderful place if everybody followed just that ONE "code of conduct"?!
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
18 May 08
I can understand and appreciate what you are saying. I think that maybe he was trying to express his frustation with their beliefs. But I totally agree that it was a stupid thing to do in their country.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
19 May 08
Under normal circumstances (for example if the soldier was doing it in his backyard) then yes I wouldnt see what the big deal is HOWEVER thats not the case....What was being done would ONLY create MORE problems and is a sure fired way to provoke and tick ppl off..IMO thats the LAST thing thats needed.. [i]"The actions of one soldier were nothing more than criminal behavior," Hammond said. "I've come to this land to protect you, to support you -- not to harm you -- and the behavior of this soldier was nothing short of wrong and unacceptable." Officials said the soldier claimed he wasn't aware the book was the Quran. U.S. officials rejected the claim. Tribal leaders, dignitaries and local security officials attended the ceremony, while residents carried banners and chanted slogans, including "Yes, yes to the Quran" and "America out, out." Sheikh Hamadi al-Qirtani, in a speech on behalf of all tribal sheiks of Radhwaniya, called the incident "aggression against the entire Islamic world."[/i] What this soldier did was stir the pot, LUCKILY though it was handled accordingly (IMO) I have to add to that I have seen some video recently of some U.S soldiers doign some rotten things over there and thoguh I realize being over there must be very hard for them...their behaviour (some) leaves a lot to be desired IMO