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What do you think about the US soldier using the Koran for target practice?

The military has undertaken disciplinary action against the soldier who was involved and he has been removed from Iraq. Is this too harsh a discipline?

Asked By: Hope - 5/20/2008
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1st your initial question: If the goal is to alienate the US further in the Muslim world, than sure, this is 1 sure-fire way to do it... oops! No pun intended there... More
Answered By: Phoebe - 5/20/2008
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It was a stupid thing to do, but he shouldn't be punished. Causing offence is not a crime.
Answered By: Comrade Abdul - 5/20/2008
 
Not when I see pictures of the American flags being burned daily, along with chants "death to America"..
Answered By: jdw - 5/20/2008
 
Disciplinary action is appropriate, as is removing him from Iraq. Shooting up the Koran can only undermine the relationship between the troops and the civilians. An incident like this needs to be taken very seriously.
Answered By: Morbius - 5/20/2008
 
He's stupid; he should have know better to hide or destroy the evidence of his actions.... Being remove from Iraq considered too harsh?????
Answered By: oscarsix5 - 5/20/2008
 
Well in the United States he is entitled to freedom of religion, speech, and expression. So technically he was within his right as a US citizen, but he is a guest in another sovereign nation and must follow the laws and show respect for the customs of this nation same as you and me... More
Answered By: Brian K - 5/20/2008
 
Well, that's one way to incite a riot. I think it's a bit tactless myself, like punching a cow in India, just not good for bilateral relations.
Answered By: S P - 5/20/2008
 
I hope his aim was true.
Answered By: nonldsinutah - 5/20/2008
 
I thank it was bad judgment but I dont thank it's such a big deal
Answered By: PVT Lake - 5/20/2008
 
It was a stupid and boneheaded thing to do but it happens. He should be disciplined but not courtmartialed. At max, I would give him a reprimand.
Answered By: G-Man - 5/20/2008
 
Yea i think the punishment was too harsh because he probably has been there for 1year and a 1/2 so hes on edge. Give em a break.
Answered By: Army_Strong_PFC - 5/20/2008
 
What a dumb a... More
Answered By: Susan T - 5/20/2008
 
Our ill-defined "mission" in Iraq has something to do with winning the hearts and minds of Moslems everywhere. Thousands of Americans have given their lives trying to accomplish that ill-defined "mission." This one soldier has done more harm than all the good done by his honorable comrades... More
Answered By: Ray Eston Smith Jr - 5/20/2008
 
I have no problem with it. Ive been to iraq twice, and after awhile, you do see how protective over their religion they get, and you get the feeling that if it came down to it, they would turn on us over their religion. They call it the religion of peace, so long as you don't do anything, anything to make fun of or... More
Answered By: James M - 5/20/2008
 
I have to agree with Phoebe. Besides on another note he was a NCO meaning he has a responsibility to show maturity and good judgement. I do think he should have been removed from Iraq as what he did was very disrespectful to the Muslim world and to the Iraqi people. Why would it be okay to show offense to the... More
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Answered By: akbutner2 - 5/20/2008
 
No, that soldier deserved what he got. What would you do if you were Cristian and some Al'Quaeda troops started shooting at Bibles?? I would want them to pay consequences. Being removed from Iraq is the very least punishment they can give... More
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Answered By: Sam P - 5/20/2008
 
His judgment leaves something to be desired. He is a guest in that country, and an NCO...a sniper section leader no less...he should have known better. His actions have caused some pretty serious repercussions to which he should be held accountable... More
Answered By: april - 5/20/2008
 
He should have stacked some of the muj in front of it.
Answered By: ripperbravo6 - 5/20/2008
 
Dear Friend... More
Answered By: lostnsavd - 5/20/2008
 
That was a waste of good toilet paper/
Answered By: Rich - 2/23/2014
 
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