The riot took place because Afghans were outraged at the burning of Qurans byU.S. militarypersonnel. Most Americans were probably outraged to hear of it, too, if only because of the sheer stupidity involved. Anti-U.S. feelings in the Islamic world are too prevalent already to think that the incident would not cause an intense emotional reaction. Already, protests have caused the deaths of 30 people, two of them U.S. soldiers, including Major Marchanti, who taught physical education and served in the Maryland Army National Guard.