Last I checked, this is America. We should be able to burn the Koran, the Bible, the Book of Mormon or whatever if we're looking to make a statement.
Is it a *nice* thing to do? Nope. Should we teach our children to do it? Nope. But your being dopey and burning the Bible is hardly something that, say, I'd send my kids out to die over. I'd just figure it was one of those infidel NIV versions and rest easy. (What-ever. Also last I checked? The Word of God will NEVER pass away. You cannot destroy it completely. Never. So go have fun with that, but I'm not buying your matches.)
Life must be pretty cheap in these Islamic countries that they can send their kids out to die over some pastor in Florida burning a few Korans in his sorry 50-member church as a publicity stunt. What are these parents thinking? "Ohh, I sent Omar off to die for the Dutch cartoonist, and Muhammad can die over the burning of the Koran. Next week, when someone finds the image of Khadijah on her burrito, I'll have to send Mustafa. Then I will have only seven sons left, but if the cause is really worthy (like these), I'll just send 'em off. I hear some teacher in Indonesia nicknamed a teddy bear after The Prophet, so that might be next on my list."
Ok, that was just me showing how IDIOTIC that idea is. Nobody's gonna do that; come on. Can we please reason that MOST Muslim people probably are reasonable and not quite that nuts? Pleaaase? And yeahh, some of these fundamentalist Islamics have some wack ideas, but I can't imagine REASONABLE PEOPLE sending their kids off to die because some dude in Florida burnt a Koran. Shouldn't they have killed themselves over Porky Pig cartoons fifty years ago by this logic? Or over Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue?
I suppose this general fellow has met a few more strange enemies in his time than I have. And he might just maybe have some more military training and combat experience and whatnot. I can sort of concede that.
But doesn't this announcement seem a little... political to you? Doesn't it seem that anyone who wants to link Islam with ohh, "All I need to know about Islam, I learnt on September 11th" and the phrase "Never Forget" is on the wrong end of the marginalization campaign? I mean, not all Muslims are terrorists, RIGHT? So... it should stand to reason that one ought be able to burn the Koran without MUSLIM TERRORISTS blowing people up. RIGHT? Which is it? Muslim people are reasonable folks who can handle someone disagreeing with them, or crazy fanatical right wingers that we'd better appease by not eating BBQ ribs or burning books?
I'm sure I've missed a jump in logic somewhere. Sure seems to me that making announcements like this has the intended effect of silencing speech. Just think, the next "announcement" might just be that disagreeing with Obama *might* fuel hate, and someone listening *might* take those words in just the wrong way, and then that someone *might* try to shoot him. And despite the entire US Secret Service protecting him, that someone *might* hit him. And he *might* get injured. He *might* even die. That's a lot of *mights,* and how many people are YOU willing to make shut up so that Obama *might* be safer? And what would our government look like if debate were effectively shut down?
I can't get on any news article without some lewd reference to Jesus, Republicans and tea-party folks having sex with their cousins, teabagging, ruining the country, and um, participating in oral sex with donkeys in the comment section. (Ok, that last one I haven't seen every time. But I've seen it.) It's a pretty rare day when Jesus, Republicans or tea-party folks go shooting other people over it.
I mean... not that it's NICE to do that. Not that we SHOULD call people teabaggers without a good social consequence. It would be nice to have some respectful discourse. But sometimes free people do stupid crap. :)