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Who Is the Enemy?

Written By: Pat Buchanan  |  Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

The Rev. Terry Jones may just have exposed the ultimate futility of America's war in Afghanistan. Consider the portrait of frustrated impotence America presented to the world last week. Our president and the secretaries of state and defense deplored Pastor Jones' plan to burn 100 Qurans but could do nothing to stop him, other than to plead with him. Jones decided to call it off himself. What was the message received by a billion Muslims?

"Muslims must understand that our Constitution protects the desecration of your holiest book. America is a place where people have a right to denounce Islam as a religion 'of the Devil' and burn the Quran in public." Having gotten the message, Afghan mobs chanting, "Death to America, " burned the American flag and set off to kill our soldiers. Can rural Afghans understand the refusal of a U.S. president to stop what they see as a televised sacrilege against their faith? In their country, Jones would have been stoned to death. That is who they are.

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