Sep 7, 2010
The ginned up Islamic community center controversy will endanger U.S. troops
The ginned up hate campaign by the right against Muslims fueled by the proposal to build an Islamic community center close to the site of the so-called Ground Zero in lower Manhattan is helping al-Qaeda recruit terrorists, according to Ali Soufan, the FBI’s most skillful terrorist interrogator after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Soufan was a supervisory special agent with the FBI from 1997 to 2005. He said the video from the opposition to mosques from Wisconsin to Tennessee just wrote the next video script for Osama Bin Laden’s next recruitment video.
Now, U.S. military commanders are warning that the ridiculous, racist and hate-filled plan by an alleged Christian church in Gainesville, Fla. to burn a Koran on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, and a plan to make Sept. “International Burn A Koran Day” could endanger U. S. troops. Gen. David Petraeus said in a statement issued Monday that it “could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan.”
Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, one of Petraeus' deputies, told CNN's "The Situation Room" that the event "has already stirred up a lot of discussion and concern" among Afghans.”
"We very much feel that this can jeopardize the safety of our men and women that are serving over here in the country," Caldwell, the head of NATO efforts to train Afghan security forces, said.
Perhaps they, nor I, can understand how the 1st Amendment can protect the right to actually doing something as stupid as burning a holy book like the Koran, but that same 1st Amendment that is supposed to be protect freedom of religion isn’t doing it in the case of mosques.