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U.S. Pastor Could Kill U.S. Troops

September 7th, 2010

How could a Pastor of a congregation of just 50 people in Florida help kill U.S. troops in the Middle East?

Simple, be stupid enough to organize a public burning of the Qurans to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and be lucky enough to have main stream news organizations advertise your stupidity.

Pastor Terry Jones says

“Our message is very clear,” he said. “It is not to the moderate Muslim. Our message is not a message of hate. Our message is a message of warning to the radical element of Islam, and I think what we see right now around the globe provides exactly what we’re talking about,” he said.”

So to send a message to the few thousand that make up the radical elements of Islam he is ready to insult 1.5 billion Muslims. If he caries out his threads he will single handily recruit more terrorists for radical Islamic groups than Muhammad Bin Laden and possibly be responsible for killing more American troops than the terrorists he wishes to send his message.

This is once again a good example of how even a crazy vocal minority can outweigh the sanity of the silent majority and change the world negatively for years to come.

While some would say Jones’s burning of the Quaran is protected by the first Amendment, I would say that the warnings given by

Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan,who said

” the burning of Islam’s holy books “could cause significant problems” for American troops overseas.

“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan,” he said in a statement issued Monday.

With about 120,000 U.S. and NATO-led troops still battling al Qaeda and its allies in the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban movement, Petraeus warned that burning Qurans “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.”

Petraeus said he was concerned about the political repercussions of the church’s plan.

“Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday,” he said. “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.”

He said extremists would use images of burning Qurans to inflame public opinion and incite violence.”

means this is a exception under the first amendment that says speech that incites imminent danger is not protected.

I truthfully think Jones will come to his senses and not insult 1.5 billion people for the sake of a few, and even though he will probably never admit his ignorance, he will not burn the Quran… my fear that even if this Church does not burn the Quran, they have already planted the seeds and some group will follow through with this stupid idea.

If this happens the blood of all American troops killed in retaliation for this will be on the hands of Pastor Jones, no matter who actually does the burning.

Come on America “Wake Up” !

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Are We Fighting The Right War?

June 22nd, 2010

I thought long and hard about writing today’s post, because I don’t want what I’m about to say to be miss-interpreted as disrespect towards the innocent people that died in the attack on 9-11.  I also do not attend to dishonor the brave men in women that are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan especially those that have given their lives serving their country.

That being said, according to WkiAnswers here is the break down which includes many heroes that were lost that day.

“At least 2,985 people died in the September 11, 2001, attacks, including:

  • 19 terrorists
  • 2,966 victims [2,998 as of Spring 2009]

All but 13 people died on that day. The remaining 13 later died of their wounds. One person has died since the attacks, of lung cancer. It is suspected to have been caused by all the debris from the Twin Towers.
There were 266 people on the four planes:

  • American Airlines Flight 11 (crashed into the WTC): 92 (including five terrorists)
  • United Airlines Flight 175 (crashed into the WTC): 65 (including five terrorists)
  • American Airlines Flight 77 (crashed into the Pentagon): 64 (including five terrorists)
  • United Flight 93 (downed in Shanksville, PA): 45 (including four terrorists)

There were 2,595 people in the World Trade Center and near it, including:

  • 343 NYFD firefighters and paramedics
  • 23 NYPD police officers
  • 37 Port Authority police officers
  • 1,402 people in Tower 1
  • 614 people in Tower 2
  • 658 people at one company, Cantor Fitzgerald
  • 1,762 New York residents
  • 674 New Jersey residents
  • 1 NYFD firefighter killed by a man jumping off the top floors of the Twin Towers

There were 125 civilians and military personnel at the Pentagon.

1,609 people lost a spouse or partner on 9/11. More than 3,051 children lost parents.”

My heart goes out to all the family members, and although I think the war on terrorism is a war we should be fighting much differently than we are, I do agree we needed to respond to the 9-11 attacks.

To date we have spent over $1,000,000,000,000 on the war on terror; it is time to see if this money is being spent in the best war. (You can see an updated ticker cost of the wars at http://costofwar.com/ )

My question is “Are We Fighting The Right War?

No matter how horrifying the close to 3,000 deaths contributed to the 9-11 attacks, how does that compare to an estimated 17,000 annual deaths in the US being contributed to drug use?  This 17,000 annual figure does not include tobacco and alcohol deaths, these numbers are obtained from http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/30 drug war facts website.

Over the last nine years we have spent around $333,333,333 per person lost in 9-11 on these two wars… in contrast the USA has spent just $156,862 per person that died from drugs during the same nine year period. The sad thing is neither of these wars (terrorism or drugs) have an end in sight.

I know I’m not comparing apples to apples here, but the fact is, if we walk away from Afghanistan and Iraq tomorrow, the odds of another 9-11 style attach is the same as it is today.  Sadly it probably is not “if” it’s when it will happen.

I say we need to re-focus on fighting the drug war here in America. Some see these 17,000 deaths a year as a bunch of junkies that live on the streets and might think we are better off with out them.  I think the family members of some of the kids in our small town that lost their child to heroin overdoses might disagree.

It is no secret that I think any war on terrorism should be fought as a covert war, not by invading and rebuilding countries. If we are looking for an enemy that is invading our homeland, then clearly that enemy is illegal drugs.

This is yet another “Wake Up Call America”  How are we going to respond?

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