Petraeus Blasts Church's Plan to Burn Korans on 9/11
Says doing so will put our troops in danger
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2010 2:15 PM CDT
Petraeus is none too happy about Terry Jones' plans.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Florida church that plans to burn Korans on Sept. 11 has turned a deaf ear to the city of Gainesville's condemnation of its plans—but will it listen to General Petraeus? The top US commander in Afghanistan blasted Dove World Outreach Center in an interview with the Wall Street Journal today, saying that the demonstration could be exploited by the Taliban, who would use it to fuel anti-American sentiment ... which could put US troops in danger.

"It 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." And the fire seems to have already begun: Hundreds of Afghans protested the church's plans today in Kabul, and officials fear such demonstrations could spread to other cities. Westerners in Afghanistan have been warned to steer clear of restaurants and other public places as anger builds.

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Sep 8, 2010 10:12 PM CDT
It is so sad that the devil has a way to even work through people who claim to be of GOD. Not only is this man putting our troops in danger but our whole country just because he needs some type of exposure. This is not insensitive it's cruel. Thousands of young men and women are risking their lives everyday for us but, we're so caught up on the act what about the reaction. This man needs to be imprisoned for this is a act of terrorism.
Sep 7, 2010 9:49 PM CDT
This is simply mind numbing. How can that idiot "pastor" even consider doing this? Well, that is easy, he is a bigoted moron. Anyway, you have the general on the ground essentially begging for people NOT to burn the Koran because the inevitable backlash will, not maybe, will result in american casualties. Those where not his exact words but the point remains. It is things like this that bring this country down to the level of those of which we are fighting. The thing that makes america the country that it is happens to be our refusal to dip to the lows of extremist and tyrants. Then someone like this pastor comes along who is so consumed with his own petty hatred of a certain people that he is more than willing to put the lives of troops in direct risk as a result of his actions. It is disgusting, pathetic and discouraging in a manner that is painful to lament.
Sep 7, 2010 4:18 PM CDT
Has anyone considered burning the Taliban flag? US flag burning.....Taliban flag burning.... But again... the churches come to the rescue with the idea of burning of holy scriptures, does the moronic idea not ring a bell?