Trying to figure out why I am always trying to clean up messes that I did not create, messes that I predicted. So here we go again with the dance of clashes that others crave. I will be on Al Hurra at 4 because there are demonstrations happening in response all over the world.
© Marc Gopin
The Obama administration has said that it is concerned about the proposed burning of the Koran by a US church group.
On Tuesday, the White House said that it supported recent comments from General David Patraeus, the chief commander of US and Nato troops in Afghanistan, that the torching could put US troops in the country at risk.
“It puts our troops in harm’s way, any type of activity like that that puts our troops in harm’s way would be a concern to this administration,” Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, said.
A Church group in Florida is planning to burn copies of the Islamic holy book on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Earlier on Tuesday Patraeus had said that the plan was disrespectful and could endanger Western troops fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Patraeus said that the move could hurt attempts by Barack Obama, the president, to reach out to Muslims around the world and lead to retaliation attacks against US troops in Afghanistan.