Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, knew that his armed forces needed to be controlled or else they'd seek revenge. He knew this on Feb. 24, 2012. An AP story carried his remarks:
"'There will be moments like this when you're searching for the meaning of this loss. There will be moments like this, when your emotions are governed by anger and a desire to strike back,' Allen said. 'Now is not the time for revenge, now is not the time for vengeance, now is the time to look deep inside your souls, remember your mission, remember your discipline, remember who you are.'"
The loss he mentioned was, according to the article, "for the death of two Americans who were gunned down by an Afghan soldier during a protest over the burning of Qurans at an American base..."