Re: US marines accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.
There was an interesting discussion on R4 Today program this morning and the question was asked: What is the correct way of disposing of a copy of the Qu'ran.
There are apparently three options according to the Islamic schoolar that they consulted:
1.It may be burnt (!) but it must be fully to ashes and then those ashes scattered over flowing water or interred.
2. It may be buried.
3. It may be weighted with a stone and cast into flowing water.
It seems the problem in Afghanistan was that the local workers helping to burn the materials that included copies of the Qu'ran removed the partially burnt copies and then gave them out rather than let the fire take its course which would have been the correct action.
It is interesting to note that these copies of the Qu'ran had already been defiled by Muslims writing in them.
The difference between combat and sport is that in combat you bury the guy who comes in second. - Unidentified navy SEAL.