September 9th, 2010
September 9, 2010
Religious and political leaders across the Muslim world, as well as several U.S. officials, have asked the church to call off the plan, warning it would lead to violence against Americans. Iraq, worried that it will unleash a backlash against all Christians, has beefed up security near churches.
International police organization Interpol warned its 188 member countries that "there will be tragic consequences" and a "strong likelihood" of violent attacks if the burning happens.
The Rev. Terry Jones, of the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, has vowed to go ahead with the bonfire on Saturday, even though he has been denied the required permit.
Local officials in Mahmud Raqi, the capital of Afghanistan's Kapisa province, estimated that up to 4,000 people took part in Thursday's demonstration. But NATO spokesman James Judge said the protesters numbered between 500 to 700.
"The Afghan national police prevented the protest from overwhelming an Afghan military outpost," and dispersed the demonstration, he told The Associated Press.
A cleric in Afghanistan's largely peaceful Balkh province also warned Thursday that, if the burning goes ahead, a protest will be held in the provincial capital Mazar-i-Sharif next Monday. Protesters could hurl stones at NATO-led troops stationed in the city — one of the country's main centers of the Islamic teaching.
In the central Pakistani city of Multan, about 200 people marched and burned a U.S. flag.
"If Quran is burned it would be beginning of destruction of America," read one English-language banner held up by the protesters, who chanted "Down with America!"
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has denounced the planned burning and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has said it could lead to attacks on international troops.
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki also warned of repercussions, saying the burning would "face reactions by the world's Muslims as well as followers of other religions," according to the official IRNA news agency.
In central Baghdad, security was increased around the Church of the Virgin Mary, with military vehicles blocking the entrance to the church and Iraqi soldiers standing guard. At two other churches in the capital, police cars were parked outside and armed officers were deployed.
Canon Andrew White, the chaplain of an Anglican church in Baghdad, said the Iraqi military had warned him that his church had been threatened.
Associated Press writers around the world contributed to this report.
September 9th, 2010
By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN Published on DickMorris.com on September 8, 2010
Has the Democratic Presidential Primary of 2012 started already? Is Hillary Clinton beginning to
position herself for a challenge to her boss? Yesterday, Hillary fired what may have been the first shot: She said: "I think that our rising debt level poses a national security threat and it poses a national security
threat in two ways: it undermines our capacity to act in our own interests and it does constrain us
where constraint may be undesirable. And it also sends a message of weakness, internationally." The contrast with her husband's presidency is implicit: He balanced the budget and reduced the
debt to the point where Wall Street fretted that there would be no more federal debt instruments to
buy, leaving them without a safe place of park their money. Hillary does nothing -- nothing -- without forethought. She plans every word, particularly when the
words are critical of her president. By framing the "debt level" as a "national security threat,"
she gives herself jurisdiction over budget policy and makes her comments about it appropriate for a
Secretary of State. And by criticizing the debt level which her president has amassed, she sets up the
basis for a fiscal/economic critique of his presidency. Remember that between the time George Washington took the oath of office and the day that Obama
took the same oath, the federal government amassed $9 trillion of debt. And, in the nineteen months
since then, it has piled up $3.5 trillion more! Debt is Obama's big negative, the concomitant of his big
spending stimulus package. Now he has Hillary Clinton criticizing it and, by implication, him. Will Hillary run? She might. The scenario would go like this: Step One: Obama loses both houses of Congress by record margins, throwing the Democratic Party
into shock. Disbelief yields to recrimination and the party leaders begin to turn on their president. Step Two: The popular repudiation of their president leads Democrats to question Obama's leadership
and his ratings plunge. Without a base of Democratic approval, President Obama's ratings sink below
40% down into the low 30s. Step Three: As it becomes clear that the Democrats will lose the election of 2012, more and more party
leaders and the rank and file demand new leadership and look to Hillary to turn things around. Who know is she will really run. She doesn't know. She can't know until she sees how low Obama falls.
But remember this: If she does run, her candidacy started yesterday. AS THE ELECTION APPROACHES, WE ARE TRYING TO EXPAND THE EMAIL REACH OF THESE
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September 9th, 2010
Donald J. Trump offered to purchase the site of the proposed Islamic community center near New York City’s Ground Zero for the price paid plus 25 percent.
As part of the bid, any community center built would be located at least five blocks farther from the World Trade Center site, Trump said. The offer was made in a letter dated today and included in a statement received by e-mail.
“I am making this offer as a resident of New York and citizen of the United States, not because I think the location is a spectacular one (because it is not), but because it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation,” Trump wrote in the letter to Hisham Elzanaty, a businessman who’s said he provided the majority of the financing for the two buildings where the center would be built.
Elzanaty didn’t immediately respond to a telephone message for comment.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, the center’s sponsor, didn’t respond immediately to an e-mail seeking comment.
New York City records show the property at 45 Park Place sold for $4.85 million in July 2009. Elzanaty said his partnership already has received offers of three times that much for that parcel, according to an Associated Press story earlier today.
“Develop it, raze it, sell it,” he said. “If someone wants to give me 18 or 20 million dollars today, it’s all theirs.”
September 9th, 2010
The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he is canceling plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.
Pastor Terry Jones said Thursday that he decided to cancel his protest because the leader of a planned Islamic Center near ground zero has agreed to move its controversial location. The agreement couldn't be immediately confirmed.
Jones' plans to burn Islam's holiest text Saturday sparked an international outcry.
President Barack Obama, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan and several Christian leaders had urged Jones to reconsider his plans. They said his actions would endanger U.S. soldiers and provide a strong recruitment tool for Islamic extremists. Jones' protest also drew criticism from religious and political leaders from across the Muslim world.
Antonio Gonzalez of The Associated Press wrote this report.
September 9th, 2010
Are Democrats running out of ideas and time with midterm elections approaching? CNN's Jim Acosta reports.