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.


Not Anonymous said...

Calling the quran a holy book seems extreme to me, unless you're a Muslim. Holy means, exalted, or divine.

I do however, agree that book burning does nothing more than incite problems. Not just with the Islamo-fascists, but with the lunatics that go off the deep end in this country.

As to whether those involved in the planning of this book burning are "alledged christians", I don't make those judgements. Christians aren't perfect, they just strive to be perfect or Christ-like.

This pastor should back down from his plan. There are many other ways to honor those killed by cowardly terrorists on 9/11 without attacking the terrorists religion.

Communications guru said...

“Calling the quran (sic) a holy book seems extreme to me?” That is ridiculous. It’s just as holy as the Bible and the Tanakh. However, if you want to think I’m a Muslim, I have no problem with that, anonymous coward.

They are “alleged Christians.” I just don’t believe anyone who calls himself a Christian would be involved in a book-banning. The fact is there are extremists in every religion who twist it for their own agenda, like the terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center, the Westboro Baptist Church and Tim McVeigh.

There is no such thing as a “terrorist religion.” Christianity is just as much a “terrorist religion” Islam. See Tim McVeigh.

Again, anonymous coward, I’m still waiting for you to back up your outrageous lie that we were “nearly shoulder to shoulder once.”

Grung_e_Gene said...

Bigotry is the driving force of Conservatism these days, without it what issues would the Right run on?

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