The plan to burn copies of the Koran has attracted criticism from global political and religious leaders, but this does not seem likely to stop pastor Terry Jones from going ahead with the project on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Top military leaders from the United States and around the world are among the most recent opponents of the Gainesville pastor’s plans.
The commander of the coalition troops in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, warned that the burning of Islam’s holy books "could cause significant problems" for the men and women serving in that country and around the world. He added that it could jeopardize the American effort in Afghanistan, which is still a fragile state plagued by sectarian violence fueled by opium trade.
Petraeus’ comments were echoed by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who said the action could be detrimental to the North Atlantic alliance’s troops serving in Afghanistan.
"I think it’s a disrespectful action and [I] urge people to respect other people’s faith and behave respectfully," Rasmussen added, quoted by TheHill.com.
"I think such actions are in a strong contradiction of all the values we stand for and fight for," he concluded.
Meanwhile, Jones said he was "weighing the situation," but implied he would go ahead with the demonstration despite having been denied a permit, according to media reports.