The title of an Al-Jazeera article released on March 2, 2012 is “US soldiers MAY (?) face reprimand in Quran (burning) case” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/03/20123385739834122.html).
“The Western official (who spoke on the condition of anonymity), who has knowledge of the investigation, said it COULD (?) lead to a disciplinary review of the US personnel involved“.
According to Al Jazeera‘s Bernard Smith, reporting from Kabul, “Some of those people ARE OF FAIRLY HIGH MILITARY RANK and they’re going to end up being disciplined or THE RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD BE that they would be disciplined for FAILING TO FOLLOW (proper) PROCEDURE. Investigators will also end up punishing people if they feel that THEY HAVEN’T BEEN COMPLETELY HONEST WITH THEM DURING THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION“. Let’s note three things here. First, how many is “some?” Also, “punishment” SHOULD BE EXPECTED in this case. On top of all this, when we’re talking about scandals, IT IS INEVITABLE THAT some people “haven’t been completely honest”, which is otherwise/colloqially known as a COVER-UP.
“Afghanistan’s senior religious leaders demanded on Friday (March 2, 2012) that those involved in the incident be put on public trial and punished. In a statement issued after they presented the findings of their investigation into the burning to President Hamid Karzai, they STRONGLY CONDEMNED the incident and blamed it on the administration of the detention facility”. “This is an UNFORGIVABLE act. It’s INHUMANE…”, adding that it was “certainly NOT going to be forgiven by apologies, the responsible parties should be PROSECUTED IN AN OPEN TRIAL and they should be (SEVERELY) punished“. We need to note two things here. First, THIS IS DEFINITELY “inhumane”. We also have to wonder if this “open trial” will only be A SPECTACLE.
Al Jazeera‘s Smith, however, reported that the chances of the US personnel facing trial in Afghanistan were slim”. “That is just NOT going to happen“, of course. “The Americans ARE NOT going to hand these individuals over to be handled by the Afghan justice system. They’re going to be handled by the US military justice system. And I imagine … whatever punishment the US justice system hands out, it’s just NOT going to be enough to satisfy some people” obviously and this time, “some people” is A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION. “The way that the Americans and the Afghan government handle the conclusions of this report and handle [the situation] … that is going to be crucial to how the reaction is here ON THE STREETS of Afghanistan”. As we know from our interactions with GIGI IBRAHIM, it is the reactions “on the streets” that count.
This Koran burning scandal will almost certainly EXTEND the need for US troops in Afghanistan, which is surely NOT what a war-weary nation wants to hear.