Burning Quran endangers troops

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Burning Quran endangers troops
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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 8:40am

KABUL, Afghanistan – The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned Tuesday an American church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book could endanger U.S. troops in the country and Americans worldwide.


Meanwhile, NATO reported the death of an American service member in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.


The comments from Gen. David Petraeus followed a protest Monday by hundreds of Afghans over the plans by Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center — a small, evangelical Christian church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy — to burn copies of the Quran on church grounds to mark the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States that provoked the Afghan war.


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Registered: 04-09-2006
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 8:13am

...and we could do the right thing and do a total news blackout of this non event...a tiny group of people gathering to burn books they don't like. Every major news source is covering this story today, like sharks at their meat. And our own military leaders have thrown fuel on the fire, practically inviting people to "endanger American soldiers". Why didn't P, who apparently felt that he had to make some kind of response because of the media attention, make a statement that in our country people are allowed to express their opinions, but that these actions don't reflect or influence American foreign policy, period? No,there was too much political capital to be made in couching his message in inflammatory terms.

Deborah

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 8:58am

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And the fact that they are such a small group.

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Registered: 04-09-2006
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 9:05am

Made sense to me...the discussion does seem to be going in tight little circles, but I don't think you're at fault.

Deborah

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Wed, 09-08-2010 - 9:20am
In addition to this group loving the attention they are receiving, I wonder if another aim of theirs is a belief that they may somehow hasten the Apocalypse through their actions? So may of these fundamentalist churches have such a strong end times belief, and I wonder if they believe they may be hastening Armageddon?

dablacksox



Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

dablacksox


Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Registered: 04-02-2009
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 9:39am

I agree about it sending the wrong message from a Christian standpoint and am happy to see this in the NYT today:



http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/08/us/08muslim.html?_r=1&hp

 

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Registered: 10-14-2003
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 9:49am
I'll be keeping your son in my prayers, and I heartily pray that the church does not go forward with this demonstration.
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Registered: 08-14-2010
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 10:57am
From the statement I posted, dynamite certainly does put out oil well fires.
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Registered: 09-01-2010
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 11:04am

I wonder why she said that there were. I guess she just didn't want any tourists there. The best way to stop them is to tell them that as governor, you're warning them about the extreme danger there. I wonder if she's also wrong about record numbers of kidnappings in Arizona and a crime rate that is soaring. Wouldn't it be funny if people simply didn't vacation in Arizona due to fears of being crime victims, only to later find out that the governor simply didn't want tourists and was (for lack of a better word) lying? Usually, governors want to attract business to their state.

~Opal~
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Registered: 09-01-2010
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 11:07am
Yes, but there are better (non explosive) ways that are used now days.
~Opal~
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Registered: 08-14-2010
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 11:15am

"Seriously, what are you talking about? It "sounds" as though you're angry."



Na, not a chance. Liberals don't upset me these days. A key ingredient to make one angry is missing, so no worries there.



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