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Gen. Colin Powell, the retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state under President George W. Bush,
said Thursday that the Islamic community center and mosque planned near Ground Zero in New York City should go forward. Powell made his comments during an appearance on ABC's "The View."

"The terrorists win if we become terrified and . . . change who we are and what we are," Powell said, as he argued that it is crucial for Americans to remain true to the values that set the country apart from the rest of the world.

The retired general said that while he understands the sensitivity of New Yorkers to the mosque's proposed location near the site of the 9/11 attacks, he pointed to a Muslim prayer room in the Pentagon as an example of a place that had also been attacked, but has provided a space for Muslim worship nonetheless. He also pointed to President Bush's outreach to the Muslim community after September 11, when he assured the world that the American war on Islamist extremism is not a war on the Muslim religion.

In addition to the mosque issue, Powell also addressed Florida pastor Terry Jones' plans to burn copies of the Koran on Saturday and warned that Jones' plans could put American troops in harm's way. "If we let Islamophobia go across this country, we put General Petraeus in a very, very bad situation," Powell said of the allied forces commander in Afghanistan.

Finally, Powell blamed what he called "the media industrial complex" for heightening controversy over the mosque, Pastor Jones and recently, Shirley Sherrod, the Department of Agriculture employee who was fired after being misquoted in a speech about black farmers.

"Let's count to 10 before we leap on these things," he said.
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"The terrorists win if we become terrified and . . . change who we are and what we are," Powell said, as he argued that it is crucial for Americans to remain true to the values that set the country apart from the rest of the world. Whie he is correct on this, one cannot ignore the fact that those terrorists will also claim it as a victory shrine - So they have the luxury of a win- win scenario and once again to show that we are the "better" in this case we must bow down and back out once more. It is sad to see how the terrorists are using our very own systems against us. What is even more troubling is to see how they have always threatened to bring us down from within by using our own people to do it is actually working in the long run. Sometimes maintaining the political correctness at all costs actually aids our enemies by forcing us to choose foreign interests over our own.

September 10 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to vicbar88's comment

Those terrorists will claim victory no matter what happens. They aren't rational, and I personally don't care what they have to say...only that they are hunted down to the last man. The mosque has nothing to do with terrorists winning because we are way ahead on that one.

September 10 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Well written comment..

September 10 2010 at 2:02 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Sept. 18, 2002, 2:15pm EDT U.S. HAD "STEADY STREAM" OF PRE-9/11 WARNINGS U.S. intelligence agencies provided "a modest, but relatively steady stream" of intelligence information that terrorist attacks inside the country were a possibility, a congressional investigator told lawmakers Wednesday. Hill's report details a July 2001 briefing for senior government officials that said a review of five months of intelligence information indicated "that [Bin Laden] will launch a significant attack against U.S. and/or Israeli interests in the coming weeks... The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests." "Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning," it said. No single person was responsible for all this. But "Washington"—that organic compound of officials and politicians, in uniform and out, with faces both familiar and unknown—failed horribly. This was under GW Bush's watch.

September 10 2010 at 2:55 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

You hateful people always talking trash because of your fear of Xenophobia and Islamophobia. Your insecurity complex has been on show since the Tea Party and their white supremacist cohorts but in the end those of us who show compassion to the underdogs will prevail. Yes, we will prevail over the racist groups in America because you are becoming the minority. Change has to come as President Obama promised in one of his campaign speeches and it will happen in the 21st century. I remember hearing people praising Colin Powell when he was serving under President GW Bush, but now, because he is for the Mosque being built two (2) blocks away from Ground Zero, you are now bad mouthing him. What a bunch of hypocrites and a "Nation of Haters".

September 10 2010 at 2:06 AM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply

So, there is a Muslim prayer room in the Pentagon. Wow, whatever happens to the separation of "Stupid and religion"? Where are all the atheist on this? Double coward standard? If they try and chop down another cross, let's have sent to the muslim countries free airfare pay for by my tax dollars.

September 09 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

Bravo General Powell, a voice of reason and understanding.

September 09 2010 at 7:01 PM Report abuse -12 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to JMM AOL's comment

Why do all of the liberal lefty's have the same argument points...? Is it inimaginable for you to understand the sensibilities behind this whole thing? We are not depriving anyone of their 1st amendment rights, but we are asking them to build it elsewere so as not to rub it in our face after THEY murdered 3000 of our people on 9/11. So please stop distorting the facts just to suit your talking points. OK

September 10 2010 at 1:12 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Powell has lost all respect he once bathed well as don't forget he went abroad a bashed the USA very simular to Obama tactics.

September 09 2010 at 6:10 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

Once again....Colin Powell for President.

September 09 2010 at 4:25 PM Report abuse -22 rate up rate down Reply

Re both issues (& flag burning): "Every day is a Western flag-burning day somewhere in the Muslim world for every reason under the sun (see here here here here here and here, for starters). Koran-burning isn’t the real “provocation.” Or Mohammed cartoons. As I’ve said many times over the years, the mere existence of infidels is what provokes and inflames the Religion of Perpetual Outrage. Retaliating against Koran-burners or targeting cartoonists is a lingering pretext to demonstrate that centuries-old, Koran-inspired hatred. If it isn’t cartoons, it’s always something else. From fresco rage to book rage to film rage to beauty pageant rage to Koran-dropping rage to cartoon rage to Pope rage, to ceramic Mohammed bobblehead rage to teddy bear rage to Burger King ice cream cone rage to blasphemous soccer ball rage, it never ends. They never forget and they never forgive. Which is why we must never submit."

September 09 2010 at 3:42 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
My Ole Sea Daddy

Your comment would be? Mine is: President Obama's 'Second Phone Call' should be to Pastor Terry Jones to reaffirm his right to burn the Koran right after he makes his 'First Phone Call' to Imam Rauf to reaffirm his right to build a mosque at Ground Zero. Then he should advise both to wisely refrain from doing either! Barry Herbert Parmeter, M.A. Still Full of Sap! Still Green!

September 09 2010 at 3:13 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to My Ole Sea Daddy's comment

What can't you understand about Ground Zero and Burlington Coat Factory Outlet, which is two blocks away? THE MOSQUE IS NOT BEING BUILT IN GROUND ZERO!! Get your distance and facts straight. You all just want to show your American arrogance that you are superior and the those who are not Euro-Americans are inferior. Sounds like you are one of the white supremacist or neo-nazis inciting your rhetoric just to stir up trouble in these comment sections.

September 10 2010 at 2:12 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

Well I agree with Powell on a few things. Yes we need to count to ten before we react. We also need to count to ten before we are accused of racism. People are tired of being insulted for their disagreements. What ever a persons religious belief is, doesn't give them the right to infringe or dictate others rituals prayer as long as it doesn't affect those around you. A person should be allowed to worship without fear. America is always having to accommodate others, but no one wants to accommodate us. Could we go to other countries an build a christian building on sacred ground or even in town.. 911 is a very touchy heartbreaking time and should be treated with respect. What happen to treating people with dignity. What country would do so much to invite and welcome people of all faiths as we do? Don't take away our freedoms as American's either. This back and forth is not helping this country. I also think burning or destroying anyone's book of faith is a crime and against the values of our beliefs..We are good people. Don't let the few over the top people cause us to lose our values. WE all don't believe the same way.

September 09 2010 at 3:01 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

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