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Petraeus, Shut Up and Fight!

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, issued a warning that an American church’s threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book could endanger U.S. troops in the country and Americans worldwide.

“Images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence,” Petraeus said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “I am very concerned by the potential repercussions of the possible (Quran) burning. Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday,” Petraeus said in his message. “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.”

After reading this, I searched and searched, in vain, as it turns out, for other examples of Petraeus’ remarkable cultural sensitivity. What had he to say about Serrano’s “Piss Ch****?” Not a word. What did he say about the Taliban’s destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan? Nothing. What about the “artist” who painted the Virgin Mary with elephant dung? You guessed it, silent again. General Petraeus is rather selective at whom he levels his criticism. Apparently, Petraeus is only comfortable criticizing the people and principles he is oath-bound to defend.

So, of course, the muslim world goes nuts. Several hundred Afghans rallied outside a Kabul mosque, burning American flags and an effigy of Dove World’s pastor and chanting “death to America.” This, being, of course, the religion of peace. Accompanying at least one news story of the riots, was an ironic picture of Afghans trampling an American flag. It’s not just the Afghans, though. Two days earlier, thousands of Indonesian Muslims rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and in five other cities to protest the church’s plans.

Proving that the current administration is once again on the wrong side of an issue, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul also issued a statement condemning the church’s plans, saying Washington was “deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups.” Except, of course, when the offended groups are Christians. Then, the government goes out of their way to finance the offenders.

There is no way I condone what the koran burners are doing. Personally, I find evangelical fundamentalists to be like children. They make a lot of noise, they do thing to provoke outrage, but there is little deep thought about them. Having said that, what they are doing is as much protected by the first amendment as the building of a mosque somewhere in NYC. The first amendment was not put there so you could get the football scores; it was put there precisely to protect offensive speech. Let’s face it, pleasant speech doesn’t really require protection, right?

Everyone who believes the mosque-builders have the right to build, must also, by the same logic, believe that the koran-burners have the right to burn those books. Yes, it will upset the muslims, and yes, that is why they’re doing it, but the first amendment doesn’t requires that the people using it have brains.

I believe the muslims are pathetically stupid about this issue. They will go about beheading reporters, stoning women to death, homicide bombing innocent women and children, and murdering artists and cartoonists, all in the name of their “religion of peace.” Then they will say with straight faces that they find book burning to be offensive. If it weren’t scary, the disproportionateness of their concerns would be laughable. Apparently, they seriously believe that three or four dollars of paper and ink are more worthy of respect than human life.

And that is one of my main problems with islam. Every religion that I am aware of, save one, has a hierarchy of values. People are more valuable than things, murder is worse than petty theft, that sort of thing. Different religions may argue about whose priorities are more correct, but there is general agreement about some basic principles. The muslims, however, seem to believe that almost anything is more important than human life and dignity. Draw Muhammed, you die. Burn a koran, you die. Worship Jesus, you die. There doesn’t seem to be much variety in their punishments.

Aside from the irony of Petraeus’ pusillanimous begging of Americans to abandon the First Amendment, the whole incident should be a wake-up call to those people who believe that it is possible to peaceably co-exist with a fundamentalist, fanatical group of terrorists.

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