Petraeus Says Quran Burning Endangers War Effort

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    Petraeus Says Quran Burning Endangers War Effort - WSJ.com
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    KABUL—The Quran burning by a Florida church, which sparked three days of deadly rioting in Afghanistan, poses new dangers for the U.S.-led war effort against the Taliban, coalition commander U.S. Gen. David Petraeus warned in an interview.

    Gen. Petraeus, who commands some 150,000 U.S. and allied troops here, spoke after Afghan rioters angered by reports of the sacrilege sacked the United Nations compound in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, killing seven foreigners, and went on a lethal rampage in the southern city of Kandahar, waving Taliban flags.

    The deadly rioting, which the Taliban say erupted spontaneously, has shocked the international community and highlighted the vulnerability of the embattled Afghan government. Urban mob violence against Western targets adds a disturbing new threat in a country that is fighting a mostly rural insurgency, and where foreign and local security forces are ill-prepared for riot control.

    "Every security force leader's worst nightmare is being confronted by essentially a mob, if you will, especially one that can be influenced by individuals that want to incite violence, who want to try to hijack passions, in this case, perhaps understandable passions," Gen. Petraeus said in the Sunday interview. "Obviously it's an additional serious security challenge in a country that faces considerable security challenges."
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    Everything endangers the war effort. You think maybe it's time to stop the 'war effort'? It's even worse than the 'war on drugs'.
     
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    If they don't believe in freedom of speech or freedom of religion maybe we shouldn't even be there.
     
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    I agree with your sentiment, but comparing those two is like asking if the Devil or Satan is worse...
     
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    The irony of protecting a free country is those free people will do things you don't agree with
     
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    Burning the Koran is providing aid and comfort to our enemy. It offers the leaders of the Islamic extreme a powerful talking point and a tool for the recruitment of fighters and suicide bombers. Doing so was a stupid stunt which has put lives at risk and is directly responsible for the deaths of 12 UN's workers.
     
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    Look, if these people are so fucked up that some nutter in a foreign land burning their koran sends them into a murderous rampage, then I have little faith there's much sense wasting anything further on such a futile effort.
     
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    If burning the Koran is providing aid and comfort to our enemy, then so is delivering actual aid and supplies to them. Since Boxer and Code Pink have not been charged with that actual treason, I see your comparison as pathetic as a legitimate argument. You don't get it both ways, little man.
     
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    This is just plain stupid.

    Anything short of conversion to Islam incites these crazy fucks to go on a rampage.
     
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    We've got troops and bases in their countries, we ally and support ruthless authoritarian governments who oppress the people. We buy their oil to fund the governments and sell them weapons to oppress the people. But the problem is some American schmucks who burn the Koran. Got it, you learn something every day.

    I do have a question though. If people aren't free to do moronic things, including burning the Koran, what are we fighting for exactly? I thought in the end what we believe in is liberty. What are you think we're fighting for?
     

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