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Petraeus: Fear & Trembling About 911

September 7, 2010

E.J. Manning

With another anniversary of the New York terrorist attack coming full circle in a few days, the government and media are once again focusing their attention on fear of Al-Quaeda. This attention is no different in more personal areas as well. Dove World Outreach Center, a Florida evangelical Christian church holds what is said to be a strictly anti-Islam philosophy. They plan to burn copies of the Quran to mark September 11 terror attacks.

This has the U.S. military and some government officials highly bothered. “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,” penned General David Petraeus in recent correspondence.  NATO commanders in Afghanistan warned that this American church’s threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book could endanger U.S. troops in the country, as well as Americans worldwide.

We’ve fought two wars, spending untold sums of money while draining national resources, in the vain hope of curtailing terrorist efforts. Authorities have rationalized that fighting wars overseas have kept this nation from fighting the war on this nation’s shores. Even now, the nation quivers and quakes in fear of radical activity without scruple. The wars were originally purported to establish democratic government abroad. Could this have ever been anything less than propaganda? Even so, this vanity is failing to the point that this original goal is never mentioned as the federal government seeks to free itself from the bondage of war. The wars have accomplished nothing. Today, U.S. military occupies Iraq, much as they did in Vietnam, with the hope of holding the peace and maintaining order. We are no better off than when we started, beyond putting down mad man Saddam Hussein.

Instead, “the most powerful nation in the world” quivers at the thought of freedom of speech and the freedom to protest. Why? They fear reprisals because Muslims insist that the Quran, their word of God, be treated with the utmost of respect. They are easily offended. This isn’t about Christians either, because real Christians don’t incite violence. The words of Jesus mandate this.

In 2005, Newsweek alleged that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay flushed a copy of the Quran down the toilet to provoke inmates to talk. Newsweek retracted the story after riots in Afghanistan killed 15 people.

Muslims don’t seem to give second thought to similar treatment, either today or in the past. Yesterday, several hundred Afghans rallied outside a Kabul mosque. They burned American flags and an effigy of Dove World’s pastor while chanting “death to America.”  They pelted a passing U.S. military convoy with stones. What’s new? What has this nation accomplished on the face of things? Simply this: more disrespect.

Clearly, a great chasm exists between America and much of the Muslim world. It would seem that bridging this chasm by giving away tokens and trinkets with the intent of inspiring the confidence of Muslims is sadly misdirected, even delusional. Most of this is seen as a sign of weakness, which is happily exploited. We’ve even given away precious dollars, what used to be the lifeblood of our nation before the Federal Reserve decided to print them with little regard. We’ve given lives, altering many more lives forever. Muslims are not children that can be placated with candy. They don’t want tokens. Do Americans want any less?

Meanwhile, authorities quiver in face of terrorist abundance that threatens to propel itself on the nation. Even the military is showing fear and trepidation. America has accomplished little at a great cost. Like everything else government does, it has thrown money at problems with the hope of solving those problems. Has this solution ever worked for government that is bereft of real ideals or inspiration? Throwing money around is truly a morally bankrupt solution unless you are on the receiving end of the authority and power that the temporary flush with greenbacks brings. The terrorist solution isn’t really about red, white and blue. Never forget this. This is a mercenary war. Al-Quaeda has succeeded in draining what used to be the world’s economic engine to build up central bankers and Arab leaders of men.

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