... General David Petraues has issued a statement in conjunction with NATO SCR -- that means Senior Civilian Representative -- Ambassador David Sedwill:
KABUL, Afghanistan – In view of the events of recent days, we feel it is important on behalf of ISAF and NATO members in Afghanistan to reiterate our condemnation of any disrespect to the Holy Quran and the Muslim faith.
I.e., Pastor Jones wasn't following ISAF's own sharia-compliant guidelines.
We condemn, in particular, the action of an individual in the United States who recently burned the Holy Quran.
Not "the Koran" (AP style; at least it was last time I checked; not even "Islam's holy book," but -- just declaratively -- "the Holy Quran." (Meanwhile, don't look now but they forgot the politically correct apostrophe!)
We also offer condolences to the families of all those injured and killed in violence which occurred in the wake of the burning of the Holy Quran.
You know, like that earthquake in Japan. Just occurred. No humanoid actors.
We further hope the Afghan people understand that the actions of a small number of individuals --
dare we say "tiny band of extremists"?
-- who have been extremely disrespectful to the Holy Quran, are not representative of any of the countries of the international community who are in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people.
Too bad. I mean, slurp, slurp. Notice what's missing? No condemnation of the murderers.