Gingrich has spoken – and once again his comments are in a league of his own.
The latest controversy to embroil the Obama led US government war on terror is the Quran burning that took place at an American military base in Kabul. The Afghans have not taken the desecration of the Islamic holy book lightly and soon after the news was made public, took to the street. The ensuing protests and violence escalated, promoting an apology from none other than the President of the United States.
Now US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has come out and said that President Obama ‘surrendered’ when he apologized to the Afghan government for the burning of several Qurans at the American military base. Wait, that wasn’t all – the man who has both personally and professionally embroiled in several controversies went ahead and said that the burning of ‘radical Islamic material’ – including the Quran, was ‘blown into a huge incident by various fanatics in Afghanistan.’
Yes, if you’re shaking your head in wonderment, this is exactly what the Republican Presidential nominee said. Gingrich completely forgot that the ‘radical Islamic material’ he refers to includes the holiest book of Islam, The Quran. He also forgot that the ‘fanatics’ he’s referring to are regular everyday people of Afghanistan, who are protesting because their religious sentiments were hurt. You’d think he was done, right? Nay, not so.
Gingrich told the crowd gathered at the campaign rally at Bing Crosby theater that Afghans, especially their leader Hamid Karzai should apologize for the violent protests. Jeering on President Obama, Newt Gingrich told the gathered crowd, ‘There seems to be nothing that radical Islamists can do to get Barack Obama's attention in a negative way,’ while adding, ‘There seems to be nothing that radical Islamists can do to get Barack Obama's attention in a negative way.’
Quite conveniently, Gingrich has forgotten that Republican President Bush apologized to Iraqi Prime Minister after a US soldier fired bullets in the Quran, as well as for the atrocities and humiliation suffered by Iraqi prisoners after the Abu Gharaib prison scandal was made public.
While the context of Obama’s three-page letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai was not released, the New York Times report that President Obama offered ‘deep regret for the reported incident’, as well as ‘sincere apologies’ to the people of Afghanistan.