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September 7, 2010

An Extremist (and Media) Bonanza: Getting Fired Up For 9/11

You desecrate our symbols, we desecrate yours.

With America in a downward, accelerating spiral of anger and scapegoating, the extremists — the visual media right there with a magnifying glass — have not only claimed ownership over Ground Zero, but now, the 9/11 anniversary.

First, the ignorant, ultra-fringe Florida preacher with the minuscule following promised to burn the Koran on 9/11, earning himself gobs of attention over his little sign and his demonstration video. In response, extremists in Asia have been getting the citizenry fired up, earning even more media attention over America’s supposed hatred of Islam. Now, the Petraeus warning has taken the story to whole new level.

So the stage is set … and it’s only Monday.

(photo 1: photo 2: Gainesville.com. from: Anti-Islam church sign stirs up community outrage. photo: Musadeq Sadeq/A.P. caption: Afghan protesters step on a U.S. flag during a demonstration against the United States, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Hundreds of Afghans railed against the U.S. and called for President Barack Obama’s death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce an American church’s plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11. )

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