The Dove World Outreach Center, some kind of fundogelical church in Florida run by a fellow named Terry Jones, plans to burn a bunch of Korans on September 11 to send some sort of message to Muslims around the world.
The powers-that-be in Washington, including General David Petraeus, are bent out of shape about the event, claiming that it will put American soldiers at risk of harm.
"I am very concerned by the potential repercussions of the possible Koran burning," Petraeus said. "Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday. 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."
Sorry, but this is a huge load of crap all around.
Americans are in jeopardy over there because American politicians put them in jeopardy by starting and continuing two dumbass wars.
Petraeus and his minions are worried that burning Korans will make the Muslim peoples angry. Maybe someone should tell the arrogant bonehead that burning their children to death, killing wives, husbands, fathers, brothers, sisters, innocents of all stripes for the last decade pissed them off, among a host of other frankly evil things the Americans and their allies have done to Islamic peoples.
And frankly if these Muslims are so ignorant, so superstitious, so foolish as to think that burning a mass-produced book is such a damned insult that they have to riot en masse, then what the hell is the United States fighting for over there? Let them fight their own civil wars. Let’s spend our money here, in America, for Americans, to save a country that really matters to Americans.
And why on earth should people in the United States get all nervous when they want to express their free-speech rights? If people are going to riot because some fruitcake fundogelical burns a book, hey, more power to both sides. Yeah, kind of screws up the myth of the big, powerful United States, doesn’t it? Walking around on tiptoes over a thing like this. And the General, nothing like a full American General trying to shut up voices of dissent in America, no matter how ignorant those voices are. Bill of Rights, anyone? Constitution, anyone? You worried about your troops, General? Then maybe you should get off your public relations tours and get your ass back there and do something to protect them from the people they keep trying to kill.
But these goddam religious freaks on both sides are dragging the world down into a pit of ignorance, fear, superstition, and just plain stupidity. To hell with both sides.
Let’s burn a bunch of Korans, and let’s burn a bunch of Bibles too. Fair’s fair, isn’t it?