Here in lies the real issue

The book burning was looked upon as being “hateful”, “idiotic”, “insensitive”. A case of one agent of one religious sect willingly seeking to denigrate another’s “holy book”. But here is the bottom line. The pastor from Florida, Terry Jones, has every right under our constitution, to openly destroy as many Korans as he can lay his hands on. You may personally agree with him or disagree, but it doesn’t change the fact he has that right. Same goes for the flag burners, the Christian icon destroyers/blasphemers, and all the other folks out there who are wanting to vocalize (via speech, print, or other art form) their point(s) of view.

Now it would seem to me, any and all members of the military would be among the first to recognize this. And, in recalling what their sworn oath said, would take a strong exception to those who seek to dissuade anyone from exercising said rights. Further more, if the enemy they are currently engaged in armed conflict with, gets their panties in a knot over this, wouldn’t that be considered a major propaganda coup?

Take a gander at the letter below. This fella says it about as well as anyone ever has. And by all means, spread the love. Take said letter and repost it. Get as many folks to see (and read) it as possible.

OPEN LETTER TO GEN. PETRAEUS (Please re-post to anti-jihad sites)

“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.”
– Gen. David Petraeus

General, I ask you this: what in hell is your “mission” if We The People jeopardize it by exercising our First Amendment rights in our own homeland? Is your “mission” to defend our rights against foreign enemies, or to defend foreign enemies against our rights?

You made your choice, and you justified by claiming that you and those under your command have been taken hostage by our 7th Century terrorist enemy, and that the ransom demand you deliver to us is that we submit to your captor’s restrictions on our natural and constitutional rights – or they’ll kill you.

I remind you and your captors that we do not negotiate with terrorists.

And I remind you that you are the most revered general in the present day, commanding in the most powerful military in all of history, during the most justifiable war in the last seventy years. So please either remember your priorities and slaughter your captors, or resign in disgrace so that we may replace you with a warrior. And if you resign, you should do so right along with President Obama, Gen. Caldwell, Pentagon Spokesman Lapan, Sec. of State Clinton, Atty. Gen. Holder, NATO Sec. Rasmussen and all others in all branches of government and in all alliances who echoed your request, whether they did so mindlessly or with surrender aforethought.

To have our own military leaders beg us to refrain from exercising our Constitutional rights on our own soil is completely un-American. And to have you make that request of us in the name of cowardice is a shocking and unthinkable perversion I still don’t have the words for.

But I do have the plan for it. We The People will force the issue right here and now. We don’t want harm to come to our military, but if peacefully exercising our rightful freedom on our own property here in our own homeland endangers you, then we will endanger you!

We will burn the Koran for freedom and post the videos for all the world to see. We can be overt or covert, named or anonymous, sparse or numerous – but ultimately we will be unstoppable, and eventually we will be effective.

We will do this because you have no fucking right to sell our freedom down the river for the sake of our enemy’s sensitivity. We will do it because you more than have the power to defend yourselves against that enemy if only you would use it. We will do it because facing danger to defend our rightful freedom is why we pay you, train you, equip you, promote you, appoint you, deploy you, and – formerly! – revere you.

You work for us, General, not for our enemy. Therefore we will regain control over you and over this war from the command center of our own backyards. We will force you to end any of your appeasement and nation-building which would restrict our Constitutional rights. We will force you to defend yourselves and us, and to do the job you were appointed to do: destroy the enemy in defense of our freedom.

Our military has the power. We hired you to use it. Now we’ll make sure you do.
When Americans can burn our own copies of the Koran on our own soil without credible threats from jihadists or appeasement of those threats from our President and our Generals, then we will gladly stop burning them.

We are a free people, and although we clearly live in occupied territory psychologically, we do not yet live in occupied territory legally or physically. We will do as we please, and we will continue to expect all branches of our government to secure our right to do it.

I remind you that securing our rights is the only legitimate reason that governments are instituted among men in the first place, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
And not everybody among the governed consents to surrendering our rights to terrorists.

Freedom for all,

Respectfully reprinted from the good folks over at Eternity Road

Looks like a solid “eleventy” to me!!


Filed under Constitution, Islam and other fables for our times, Military, News and Notes about the 'sphere, Politics, WOT

3 responses to “Here in lies the real issue

  1. Isn’t the good General entitled to an opinion? Especially when that opinion was likely to be correct when it was made, and has proven to be so?
    It’s not like he threatened anyone, or coerced anyone. He merely said “This will make our jobs harder” and all of a sudden everyone has their panties in a wad over it.
    Yes, this guy in Florida had every right to be a jackwagon on national TV. But just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

    • But just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

      This, to me, is perhaps the only legitimate argument for not doing so (burning the Koran). I will respond a bit more on this after retuning from work this after noon.

  2. Okay, got the work hours confused (apparently not enough coffee in me this morning ).

    The argument put forth by General Petraeus, that the burning of the Koran is going to put Americans (specifically troops) in harms way, IMHO, is at best only superficially true. At worst, it paints the General (and perhaps a large chunk of the overall senior military leadership, along with senior DOD, and Obama administration folks) as buying into the canard that it is only a small portion of practicing Muslims who are “at war” with the West (and the US). That we have to be “sensitive” to their “faith” and everything will work out.

    To be fair to the General, having to be in a country/region where you have to chose between Islamic group “A” or Islamic group “B” , is not the best of all possible worlds. (Just ask the Russians)

    I would agree fighting a “two front war” would not be where we need to be or would want to be. And it could develop into that. This is not an area of the world were we are going to, overall, win the hearts and minds of the majority of the population, at least as long as there are little more then warlords to be dealing with, vice a strong and legitimate national government (who does more than give lip service in support for our presence and actions).

    But the General, in giving public notice to his concerns regarding the book burning, does two things wrong.

    1. He legitimizes both sides in their actions (the burners and the Muslims).

    2. He helps the press/media in keeping this story in the public eye, by giving them something more to report about it (the general being a legitimate source of news).

    The real concerns here should be:

    1. The Press/media. They took a non story (The pastor of a very small “flock”, burning a book, to make a statement. Had they left this alone, at best a 100 people would have shown up (mostly members of the church and families), they would have done their thing, and within half an hour to an hour, it would have been over and done with.

    2. Islam and it’s agents. They get their knickers in a knot any chance they get. And as soon as they get any media attention (at least in the West/US), instead of it being a purely local bit of grumbling, it fans out to the rest of the Muslim world, or at least to those groups of agents/bad actors who are looking for any notable bit of news they can use as propaganda against us.

    In short, yes the good General is entitled to his opinion(s). He would have been better served in keeping them (in this case) to himself.

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