A United States soldier stationed in Iraq has been removed following an investigation that revealed that the soldier used the Quran as a target for shooting. Iraqi police discovered the bullet-ridden holy book on a small-arms range in the vicinity of a police station in the Radwaniyah.
This is another incident that further strains relations between Americans and Sunnis who called the act “a hideous act against the book of almighty God and the constitution of the nation and the source of its glory and dignity.”
The top American commander in Baghdad apologized to community leaders in Radwaniyah in a ceremony saying: “I come before you here seeking your forgiveness. In the most humble manner I look in your eyes today and say please forgive me and my soldiers.”
This, along with a mortar shell which hit a residential area north of Baghdad killing at least four people and wounding thirty others, mostly children playing, have heightened tensions between US forces and Iraqi citizens recently. Is the act understandable given the us-vs-them mentality that is necessary in war? Is it tension of battle run amuck, or an indefensible act? Was the apology enough? Too much?