Skip to comments.Gen. Petraeus: Dove World Outreach Center's 'Burn a Koran Day' endangers US troops
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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By this statement, the General just guaranteed that everybody and their mother in the Muslim world now knows about this.
He should have kept his mouth shut and let the thing pass and very few people even noticing it.
So don’t burn them. Insert strips of bacon to bookmark some of the most important verses and then pass them around for people to read.
We will not win until we have a war. PC wars cannot be won. We have backed off Islam and backed off Islam......at some point, we will have no room to back off or fight back. There are no moderate muslims.
Who exactly was in a good position to ask him privately? If this could have been accomplished at the time Jones was planning this months ago, it would have been both effective and possibly a win-win.
This is still America. You can burn any book you want to. And, by the way, generals do not have the authority to tell American civilians what to do.
Its reaching beyond a single church now, its viral.
Its being talked about as an acceptable act of defiance against Islam.
It pisses them off and thats the idea, if they were a supposedly peaceful cult they would just laugh it off but no it exposes the tattooed face of Satan on each and every one of them.
See Post #26.
Last time I checked, our troops are heavily Armed, how about you bureaucrat Generals, start letting them use their weapons, betchya money we’d have fewer casualties...instead of the medal of restraint b.s.
Seriously? The President. The Secty of State. The DOJ.
Or any of the thousands of people who can be asked to represent them.
Rile them up? They hate us and they are killing us as we speak. Should I worry about whether or not they’re riled up?
I'm aching for these mohammedite cultocrat apologists to give me the address of "First Christian Church, Mecca" and then explain why they can't find it on Google earth.
It's a great idea. The war on terrorism will last until the last moslem dies. If even one copy of the koran remains then we will eventually have someone stupid enough to choose to follow it and teh war starts anew.
You think they hate us now.
Yes they do. And they could not possibly hate us any worse. Kind of like democrats hate freedom. Nothing we do will EVER make them like us.
There is only one answer to islam and Ann Coulter hit it on the head. Conquer their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.
Way back when it was said that the arab is either at your throat or at your feet. This applies more generally to the moslem. We have allowed them to be at our throats for far too long. We need to put them back at our feet until we can eradicate them entirely.
I fully support nuking mecca and medina and every moslem city of over 50,000. I figure that would be a good start. If they want to behave like stone age barbarians then lets really put them back in the stone age.
Free speech is free speech.
If you support burning Korans, you support burning ANY book people don't agree with.
THINK about what you are saying here, people.
this has its source in Acts 19, so it isn’t pointless.
they’re demonstrating what Christians think of lies.
Golly, you mean this might cause the muzzies to shoot at and blow up our guys?
What? You say they already are?
Agreed. Why the tears of anguish over burning the Koran? Muslims are burning PEOPLE.
Our Founding Fathers would cringe at your words. FREE SPEECH.
Absolutely. Burning books is stupid, UN-Christian, and UN-American.
When an animal is rabid you destroy it and burn anything that may have the disease in it. Hence burn a koran day.
The only problem is that we are allowing the rabid dogs to live.
Book burning by private citizens as an expression of free speech = good
If you want to burn a book you own. Have at it. It’s your book.
Would I burn a book? Well, I’ve never done it, but what else do you do with something you find utterly offensive? I’ll bet you wouldn’t object to burning books advocating pedophilia, bestiality, torture, etc.
Burn, baby, burn. Freedom sometimes means doing things about which others disagree. Heck...nobama and his ilk essentially have burned thew Constitution. I haven’t seen these appeasers getting their panties in a wad about that. Make sure you soak your copy of the koran in pig fat because some books are hard to burn.
There probably won’t be a single ex-Muslim at the scene.
How about not buying any such things in the first place?
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Wasn't it last month they murdered a dozen Christian doctors who were saving everything from eyes to lives in Afgahnistan?
I'm sure they had enormous cause for murdering those loving souls. I'll bet someone in the west wore a mini-skirt or something....we really need to crack down on that. Don't want the muzzies getting mad at us. No telling what they'll do.
And protected by our Constitution.
For the record. I am suspicious of all Islamists or Islamofacists and I don't have good vibrations concerning the Imam of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque. But I don't think anything constructive is accomplished when you stoop so low(at their level) and burn any book, including this one.
Someone on this thread reported that the U.S. Military ordered the burning of Bibles. Is that true? If it is, them it was a stupid act as well.
We are not going to be victorious by burning books. it makes us look silly and desperate.
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A bookburning might not be the most mature way of protesting but in this case the message to violent Muslims is that we are through cringing in the face of their threats. We’re done being the ones that are scared of them. We need to give them reasons to be scared of us. That’s the language they speak.
Bush had the right idea after 9/11 - take the fight to the enemy and kill as many of them as you can. Seek them out and destroy them. Make their losses so great that it forces them to reconsider their murderous jihad against the West.
I don’t give a sh*t how dedicated they are to their twisted ideology - if they suffer badly enough, they’re going to reconsider their current course of action against us. Kissing allah’s backside is one thing, seeing everyone around you being blown to bits is another.
This is the way to win against radical islam, not by holding a silly book burning.
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Bibles in Afgan languages could only be there for prosletyzing. The troops have no business promoting any religion over there and the organization that sent them should know better.
They burned books in Acts 19, so it’s not “UN-Christian” UNless you meant “United Nations-Christians”
I agree that’s the kind of Christianity the UN would invent.
When the animals break cover our snipers have better shots.
We’ll get a lot more converts when they fear us.
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Then why are our troops dying to preserve Islam?
Just a lot of Pauls.
Demonstrating for the muslim world how a private American citizen can be threatened into willfully suppressing his own constitutional rights will help us defeat the terrorists how?
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There is a huge and significant difference between burning a few books sa an effigy in denouncing something and PURGING every book in the country. No responsible people are calling for a purge AFAIK.
For instance, I own a koran (electronically) and I'll keep it and read it yet I support the burning of a limited number of korans publicly to make a point just as offensive to the muslims who support building a mosque at ground zero.
A bit of tit-for-tat defiance is appropriate and good in a real war. We cannot maintain our own freedoms by simply lying down and letting them overrun us.
They need to realize that it is not worth it to them trying to fight against us as they will not succeed in doing so. They won't get that message without a few pointed barbs in their general direction.
Ann Coulter had it right nine years ago.
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war."
You’re really stretching to the point of tearing apart. All those preachers burning books — and no repenters. No analogous scene exists in the New Testament.
And of course this would only be a new Islam with “Christianity” stamped on the book’s cover. Christianity is not spread by the sword, period.
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