Valiant US Marines had spent months pacifying parts of Helmand Province; they believed they were making progress -- then, in a blink, the local people turned.
All it took was a bogus rumor that our troops had desecrated a Koran. Thousands of furious Afghans rioted in the Garmsir bazaar, a commercial hub. Their confrontation with Afghan security forces turned deadly. Eight rioters gave their lives because they believed a Koran had been abused.
The locals had never staged a protest over the lack of jobs or the need for aid. But they were willing to die for their holy book.
Shouldn't that tell us something about how Afghans think?