The five U.S. soldiers responsible for incinerating a pile of Korans will be punished and could lose rank but that's not likely to quel the rage of Afghan clerics and citizens.
Today, The Washington Post reports that military investigators concluded their inquiry into the burning of Korans that left 30 Afghans dead and inspired the killing of at least six U.S. soldiers. U.S. officials said that the Koran burning was unintentional but that the five soldiers responsible will be reprimanded. “For the soldiers, it will be serious — they could lose rank," an official told the newspaper. However, the soldiers will not go on trial, according to an official.
If you've been reading the statements from Afghan clerics, politicians and others, you can already tell that they won't be pleased with this outcome. Last week, President Hamid Karzai's office even issued a statement saying the U.S. had agree to a public trial of the soldiers, according to Reuters. "NATO officials, in response to a request for the trial and punishment of the perpetrators ... promised this crime will brought to court as soon as possible," read the statement. Karzai accused the officers of acting out of "ignorance and with poor understanding" of the sanctity of the Koran.