A Soldier in Afghanistan Burned a Box of Bill O’Reilly’s Book


What would you do with twenty copies of Bill O'Reilly's Pinheads and Patriots? One soldier in Afghanistan received orders to set them on fire, as per a post on his Tumblr:

Some jerk sent us two boxes of this awful book (SPOILER ALERT: George Washington — Patriot; George Soros — Pinhead) instead of anything soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan might need, like, say, food or soap. Just burned the whole lot of them on my Commander's orders.

Although the blog entry was tagged "send this to fox," the soldier says the destruction was not political.

In a follow-up post, the blogger, going by the name everqueer, acknowledged "people’s squeamishness about setting books ablaze." But that's just how they get rid of trash in Afghanistan:

As mentioned in the original post, we are in an extraordinarily remote location. We don’t have a post office here, so sending them back wasn’t an option. Extra space is scarce and alternatives that a few mentioned, like recycling, are nonexistent. All waste is burned on the base and in town; wood and paper goes in that barrel. I was getting rid of a bunch of cardboard boxes and the books were in the burn pile. There were 20 of them. I saved one for the bookshelf. I’m aware of the historical implications of book-burning. I won’t say I didn’t take pleasure in removing a few copies of this bigoted twerp’s writings from circulation, but the reason for doing so was military necessity.

Even so, "Papa Bear" O'Reilly will probably not be pleased.

Book burning [everqueer/Tumblr via Gawker]