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Book burning is not something typically associated with freedom-of-speech-loving America. When books are burned in a country desperately in need of more books, where only 43% of men and 12% of women are literate, it should prompt questions.NATO officials and President Obama the act unintentional. U.S.Ugg åhlens service members were following orders to burn the Qurans and other reading materials that may or may not have been used by Afghan inmates to pass encoded messages between themselves at Parwan Detention Facility, which adjoins the base. The incinerated materials were taken from a library at Parwan Detention Facility. The burning took place in view of local Afghan staff who felt compelled to get word of the action out to the population at large.I want to believe that the burning of Qurans was an unintended mistake. But surely any soldier based in Afghanistan after a decade-long American intervention knows that the desecration of the Koran is an inflammatory and offensive act in aMuslim country.

But torching the Qurans in front of Afghans for whom it is a sacred text could just as easily be construed as an expression of growing frustration with the accelerating deterioration of the U.S. position in Afghanistan and an accompanying loss of faith in the applicability of Western Enlightenment values in the Afghan context.It is an act that could just as well be classified in the same category as the four Marines who were videotaped urinating on dead Taliban fighters.Ugg åhlens The battle for hearts and minds is clearly in a downward spiral when American men and women in uniform are the perpetrators of such atrocities.President Obama’s apology has done little to contain the mounting rage in Afghanistan that led to a march on the presidential palace after Friday prayers, the Saturday killings of two U.S. officers on the job in Afghan ministries and the subsequent withdrawal of NATO advisors from Afghanistan. But this latest incident provides further evidence that our armed forces have begun to lose touch with why we are fighting in the first place.

Their frustration is understandable, but we should never implicitly condone American soldiers burning books as a means to defending freedom by attacking those who apologize. The cost of losing what we are fighting to uphold is far too high. Thankfully, President Obama understands that.The traditional ”stomping of the divots” during a polo match brings the watching crowd with their colorful mix of hats, heels and outfits onto the field to repair the galloped-upon turf.Ugg åhlens The inaugural Goldin Gold Cup match was no different, but instead of a manicured lawn in southern England or pasture in Argentina, the stomping earlier this month was on a field in Northeast China on the outskirts of Tianjin, a city of over 12 million.As golf loses its luster as a marker for wealth and status in China, polo and equestrian events are being groomed as the new exclusive pursuit for the country’s super rich.Polo clubs have been in China since 2004, but the operation in Tianjin is just the latest, and currently most opulent, of the new clubs embracing horse sports as a way to corral China’s ”high net worth individuals.”