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Radical Islam Uses Koran Burning to Fan Anti-American Sentiment

In Afghanistan, Culture, First Amendment, Terrorist on September 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Muslims around the world might not like America anymore if we burn the Koran.

In other news, an accused rapist says of his victim: she asked for it.

Afghan insurgents passed out leaflets to villagers describing Florida cult leader Terry Jones’ plan to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, according to ABC news. But this is just another verse in the song of the Great Satan that radical Islam has been singing for decades. It does nothing to change the tune.

General Petraeus himself has warned, even before the leaflets began circulating, that burning the Koran could lead to backlash against U.S. troops. I wonder if Petraeus considered the irony of asking Americans not to exercise the rights defended by his troops for the sake of the troops.

That’s not to say that, from both a social and a theological stand point (from which I speak with some authority), Terry Jones isn’t a complete ass-hat. He clearly is. But, just as Imam Feisal has a right under the first amendment to build his victory mosque cultural center at Ground Zero, so Jones and all two-dozen of his followers have the right to exercise their faith in whatever mis-guided way they see fit. That’s what makes our country what it is rather than some Islamo-Facist Theocracy. In fact, both Jones and Feisal have stated that, while they may have some regret in setting themselves on this course (something I doubt in both cases), the consequences of reversing now would be more detrimental. Both men are standing on the fringe of their respective religions and tarnishing the image of each of them.

There, was common ground so hard to find?

h/t memeorandum

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Obama’s Dereliction of Duty

In Afghanistan, Obama on September 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm

In 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, over three hundred U.S. Military Personnel gave their lives in the course of their service to our country in Afghanistan. During that same year, then Commanding General Stanley McChrystal tried for three months to gain an audience with his Commander-in-Chief.

McChrystal sought to address the necessities for successfully carrying out the mission tasked to our troops. It wasn’t until his avoidance of McChrystal was more widely reported in the media that President Obama found time to meet with his top general in Afghanistan. Even then the meeting was little more than an aside. McChrystal was granted a few minutes, not in the White House, but aboard Air Force One… On a Copenhagen air strip… While the President was on his way to make his case to IOC for hosting the Olympic Games in Chicago.

General McChrystal has since been replaced as commander in Afghanistan following his criticism of the Obama Administration in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Obama said McChrystal’s remarks showed “poor judgment.” On the contrary, General McChrystal’s observations seem spot-on, especially in light of recent statements from within the Obama Administration:

[Obama’s] Afghan policy was focused as much as anything on domestic politics. He would not risk losing the moderate to centrist Democrats in the middle of health insurance reform and he viewed that legislation as the make-or-break legislation for his administration.

Let that sink in for just a minute. Obama’s Afghan policy was focused on domestic politics. He would not risk losing health care votes. In other words, decisions that affect the lives of American Servicemen were made not with regard to the mission that they’ve put their lives on the line for, but for how those decisions affect Obama’s legacy.

Canadian Troops Will Leave Afghanistan In 2011

In Afghanistan on March 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Royal Canadian Mounted Patrol

via Breitbart: The Canadian Prime Minister announced to Secretary of State Clinton that Canada will withdraw their forces from Afghanistan in 2011. Canada’s Foreign Minister has confirmed, dismissing Clinton’s suggestion that Canada switch to a training role.

Still awaiting word from U.S. commanders as to whether the loss of two RCMP and one bomb-sniffing moose will affect overall operations.

h/t Drudge Report