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Gen. Petraeus: Dove World Outreach Center's 'Burn a Koran Day' endangers US troops
Christian Science Monitor ^ | 09/07/2010 | Jonathan Adams

Posted on 09/07/2010 6:19:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The United States' top commander in Afghanistan has warned that a planned Koran-burning event in Florida could put US troops in danger.

Gen. David Petraeus added his voice to mounting protests from both the US and abroad over the Dove World Outreach Center's plans to burn Korans on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. His comments ratcheted up the pressure on once-obscure pastor Terry Jones to call off the event.

The controversy comes as some 120,000 US and allied troops are waging a counter-insurgency campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a campaign whose goals include winning support for the US-backed government from the largely Muslim population.

General Petraeus said that burning Korans "is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems – not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community," according to CNN.

""It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan," Gen. David Petraeus said in a statement issued Monday ...

"Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday," he said. "Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

"Mr. Jones, the pastor of the center in Gainesville, Florida, has touted the activity as "International Burn the Koran Day." Jones also authored a book titled "Islam is of the Devil," which has a Facebook page and Twitter account.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: burning; dove; islam; koran; obama; petraus; politics; searchandfind; waronterror
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To: SeekAndFind

Funny how this distinction fails to occur to so many people.

21 posted on 09/07/2010 6:39:04 AM PDT by FourPeas (Pester not the geek, for the electrons are his friends.)
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To: McGruff

It won’t make them hate us any more. Hell, a couple of years ago they were literally driven to suicidal violence over CARTOONS. It’ll always be something. Trying to appease muslim sensibilities through overblown sensitivity is a fool’s errand. I don’t particularly like the Koran burning thing but the right response is to shrug indifferently, cite our principle of free speech, and move on, rather than get all culturally self-critical and show weakness to the Muslims.

22 posted on 09/07/2010 6:40:07 AM PDT by skintight buffoonery
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To: thethirddegree

Yes, there is such a thing. They are considered heretics.

23 posted on 09/07/2010 6:40:13 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, general, we know you have to follow the orders of your commander. And we KNOW what the Marxist Muslim in the Oval Office thinks.

But I think a national Burn a Koran Day would be a good idea.

These scum feel THEIR religion, THEIR prophet, etc are untouchable but they have no problem insulting or killing other people who are not Muslims.

Screw them all - burn the Korans.

24 posted on 09/07/2010 6:40:44 AM PDT by ZULU (God, guts and guns made America great,)
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To: SeekAndFind

The muslims in Afghanistan are on TV right this minute burning the US flag and effigies of Petraeus (I think it is.)

How will NOT burning the koran change anything?

25 posted on 09/07/2010 6:41:32 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: jagusafr

Here is a list of sources from GOOGLE.

Here is the primary article on CNN

Military burns unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistan

26 posted on 09/07/2010 6:42:08 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill informed post.)
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To: massgopguy

Proof that this happened?

27 posted on 09/07/2010 6:43:20 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: SeekAndFind
Trying to win the hearts and minds of muslims is endangering our troops. We need to kill more bad guys until they decide it isn't worth fighting us. Although, they will eventually act up again, and then we need to kill more.

They will never like us.

28 posted on 09/07/2010 6:44:16 AM PDT by Never on my watch (Why does the Left think Muslims are going to behave as Christians?)
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To: thethirddegree

Unfortunately, that won’t happen until the Day of Revelation.

Due to Abraham’s impatience, Islam is always going to be a problem.

29 posted on 09/07/2010 6:44:59 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What endangers our troops is having them in Afghanistan at all when Peetreus himself has said that the goal there is to make an accomodation with the taliban and allow them back in power. This is crazy. I say bring the troops home now!

30 posted on 09/07/2010 6:45:40 AM PDT by pgkdan (When the same man...holds the sword and the purse, there is an end of liberty: George Mason)
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To: paulycy
How will NOT burning the koran change anything?

Had that idiotic church not started this "Burn the Koran" thing, we would not have this outrage occuring in Afghanistan.

That event was un-necessary and provocative. Christians should SHUN the Dove Center and OPENLY voice their disapporval to what they are doing.
31 posted on 09/07/2010 6:45:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What does the General have to say about IRAN paying Taliban to kill Amerocans? Are Afgan citizens that are taking part in the “Death to America” protest being paid by IRAN?

32 posted on 09/07/2010 6:46:05 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: SeekAndFind

If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him.

- Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”

33 posted on 09/07/2010 6:49:17 AM PDT by Psalm 144
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To: SeekAndFind

Here is an idea for the General and the administration, turn over the running of the fight to the people that know how to win, ie the military, get rid of all Congressional oversight, kick the UN out of the US. Collateral damage is to be expected, if Muslim citizens will not divulge where the insurgents are hiding amongst them, too bad for them.

34 posted on 09/07/2010 6:49:23 AM PDT by sniper63 (I am the leader of the TEA Party, I, myself am the leader of me, myself for I am the TEA Party!)
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To: thethirddegree
First of all, the definition of a "moderate Muslim" is a Muslim who is out of ammunition ... that being said ...

I cannot believe Petraeus (although he is an Øbama appointee), is doing this. This is a WAR ... the Taliban are trying to KILL our people. Do these morons believe that they are going to try to KILL US MORE DEAD because a bunch of nuts in Florida burn a book? This isn't about books or PC or feeling good or "maybe" ... it's about life and death. That is, unless maybe they are not fighting a war ... maybe they consider this an "occupation" now?

If it is a war, you don't worry about burning books, you worry about burning down the damned poppy fields that are supporting this whole mess. We sprayed the VC with Agent Orange)... defoliated the place. I'm sure by now we have an "environmentally friendly" agent Orange (Green Orange?)... but is there any talk of burning and defoliating the poppy fields? No. Why not? Well, these poor farmers would be upset with us. And while the people "running" this war worry about books being burned in Florida, they are putting our soldiers into body bags and send them home with a flag! But that is not discussed and there is no outrage.

Time to carpet bomb the place, clean out the gene pool, bring our guys home and put them on the southern border ... WITH ammunition.

35 posted on 09/07/2010 6:49:51 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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To: SeekAndFind
What does this idiot think will happen to the troops when 1.2 billion muslims realize they can yank the average American's chain on command by threatening them?

Might as well just bring em home NOW.

The Kenyan muhammadan commie put him up to this and it stinks.

36 posted on 09/07/2010 6:50:43 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Mojave
Thanks, this should be shared and distributed far and wide.

I either forgot about this or don't remember it, but either way, it was an abomination and the poster child of Political Correctness/Nation Building/Multiculturalism, run amok.

What is worse is that according to the timeline (supposedly May 2008) this would have made it under W's watch, which should not surprise anyone, as this poor naive, uninformed and misled (no doubt by Islamo-Fascist, Jihad/Muslim Brotherhood-supporting TRAITOR--Grover Norquist--who should have been banned and shunned by all Conservatives a long time ago) "Compassionate Conservative" RINO, Bush, started out being a "Crusader-like Commander,"--ready, willing and able to kick some Radical-Islamic ass--and ended up like so many other "Dhimmis" praising/defending/appeasing, the faux, cult-cum-religion of "Pieces!" and its practitioners!

GOD forbid (pun intended) we should have allowed any "Proseletizing" and anyone trying to convert the heathen/barbarian/rock-worshipping-pagans.

The BIGGEST mistake we made was allowing Iraq and Afghanistan to form governments with the "Controlling Authority," being Islam/Sharia.

That in itself, guarantees we will never succeed in "Nation Building" or convince either country to live peacefully among other nations.

37 posted on 09/07/2010 6:56:48 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: paulycy
If we ___ - you fill in the blank - here at home "the terrorists will have won".

Remember that one?

Normally I wouldn't have considered any such silly protest but the general's comments have the effect of throwing down the gauntlet. Are we free or not?

38 posted on 09/07/2010 6:57:22 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: afnamvet

Petraeus needs to familiarize himself with the concept of total war.


I agree with you, but we have not fought to win decisively at a strategic level since WWII. That was 65 years ago.

The closest exception was Reagan’s bankrupting the Soviet Union, which was inspired genius.

39 posted on 09/07/2010 6:57:41 AM PDT by Psalm 144
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To: thethirddegree
"I wonder when Petreaus is going to figure out that there is no such thing as a “moderate” Muslim."

I think he already knows that. He is just trying to do what ever it takes to win over there. He knows that despite prior success in Iraq, his military career hinges on the success in Afghanistan.

I don't think it is too much to ask the Rev. Jones to back off.

40 posted on 09/07/2010 6:57:43 AM PDT by wmileo
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