Hundreds of Afghans railed against the United States and called for President Barack Obama's death at a rally in Kabul to denounce an extreme evangelical church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on September 11. The Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center has been denied a permit to set a bonfire and has vowed to proceed with the Koran-burning.
The crowd in Kabul, numbering as many as 500, chanted "Long live Islam" and "Death to America" as they listened to fiery speeches from members of parliament, provincial council deputies, and Islamic clerics who criticized the U.S. and demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. Some threw rocks when a U.S. military convoy passed, but speakers shouted at them to stop and told police to arrest anyone who disobeyed. Protesters who had gathered in front of Kabul's Milad ul-Nabi mosque raised placards and flags emblazoned with slogans calling for the death of Obama, while police looked on. They burned American flags and a cardboard effigy of Dove World Outreach Center's pastor, Terry Jones, before dispersing peacefully.
The White House, State Department, NATO and neighboring nations in Southwest Asia and the Middle East have condemned Terry Jones for the proposed Koran-burning. The Wall Street Journal reports that Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says the planned burning of Korans "could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort. Not just here [in Afghanistan], but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."
So much for "supporting the troops." Thanks a lot wingnut a-holes. Watch the video WHEN YOU JUMP ...