Terry Jones, remember him? He was the so-called pastor/prophet of the Florida-based Dove Outreach Center who had a hankering for burning stuff. The Koran. Effigies of Obama. His own character. My students at Central Washington University used to get so fired up when I would lecture about Jones. Students who had brothers or sisters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They felt correctly that Jones’s inflammatory rhetoric would endanger American soldiers.
Following the 9/11 attacks, Jones took to the Internet and issued a call for an International Day of Burning the Koran. He ended up hosting the book burning himself at his Florida fraud church. That then led to a retaliatory action by Afghan extremists, who stormed the UN and killed a dozen people, including American soldiers.The Defense Department and Homeland Security and everyone else tried to warn Terry Jones that his stupidity could and most likely would put American military in harm’s way. Secretary Robert M. Gates and Gen. David H. Petraeus warned him his actions were endangering the lives of U.S. military personnel.