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The Koran burning and the protection of American values

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Submitted by Bob Jack (United States), Apr 7, 2011 at 16:24

General Petraeus In Afghanistan has severly criticized the Koran burning incident in the United States that has led to explosive protests in Afghanistan and the Middle East. The General has stated that the burning was "hateful,extremley disrepectful and enormously intolerant". Let's give the General, one of the great Generals in military history,the benefit of the doubt. He was urgently concerned over the violence of the local protests, and for the safety of his troops and civilians. Nevertheless, in a much broader context isn't the reason for being in Afghanistan to fight for and protect America's interests in it's way of life, its liberties,freedoms and its values. The burning of the Koran ,as repugnant as it may be to many Americans, was a free expression of beliefs by the person burning the Koran.

For over 200 hundred years America has been standing up to totalitarian and intolerant murdering regimes for the purpose of protecting our cherished freedoms. Why should this situation be any different. Afterall, it was the reaction by intolerant fanatical Islamists to the Koran burning that caused the barbarous decapitations and murders. The Koran burning did not itself harm anyone. We must place this incident in context, and redouble our efforts to defy and repel the ugly face of fanatical Islam--That is our proper and just cause!

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