Much more serious in the short term, and possibly the long term, was the "accidental burning" of copies of the Koran in Afghanistan. Adding insult to insult the copies were burned by US military in what has been called a "garbage pit". Yesterday, Saturday February 25, 2012, The New York Times reported that as "Two American officers were shot dead inside the Interior Ministry building here on Saturday, and NATO responded by immediately pulling all its advisers out of Afghan ministries in Kabul, in a deepening of the crisis over the American military’s burning of Korans at a NATO military base".
A few days earlier President Obama and a US General had apologised to Afghan leader Hamid Karzai and the Afghan people as part of a damage limitations exercise. GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich had been quick to criticise Obama stating that the apology should have been the other way round. In such times though leaders have to do what they have to do, to try and ensure the safety of those on the ground. This incident has resulted in civilian deaths and injuries too.
For many now though the question is "How soon should we withdraw from Afghanistan"
Proposed changes to "gay marriage" laws in the UK look set to cause problems and cost a small fortune. Whilst the government is keen to do the right thing and not breach human rights it was less helpful in the case of pensioner Christopher Tappin who was extradited to the US.
For many in the UK this is once again a step too far. If the UK want to extradite a US citizen to the UK legal criteria has to be met which means weighing up evidence and the like. When it is the other way around Home Secretary Theresa May simply signs away a British citizens rights. So much for ensuring Human Rights in the UK. Unless the extradition treaty can be suitably amended withdrawing from it seems the only sensible outcome for the UK.
Withdrawing from the treaty was a promise David Cameron gave when he was fighting to be elected. Now in power he seems more intent on gay marriage, bankers bonuses and decimating the NHS than basic human rights.
In true hypocritical style a public sector pay freeze was extended yet again. This will hit low paid workers such as dinner ladies, street cleaners and the like. The announcement came hot on the heels of the Coalition defending a huge banking bonus pay out in spite of the banks involved being partly owned by the taxpayer and making huge losses.
Fighting continues in so many countries around the world leaving a transient feeling of peace.
What a world
Till next week ttfn