Nato’s heavyweights, whose sights are usually fixed on the Taliban, have turned on an American church that plans to use the anniversary of 9/11 to burn the Koran in public.
Citing the safety of coalition troops in Afghanistan, Nato’s secretary general and the US commander of international forces have condemned the idea.
The Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center describes itself as a New Testament church that follows the Word of God. Islam, it argues, is the work of the devil.
“I think what we are doing through our action, we are revealing that actually Islam is much more dangerous, much more violent than people would like to believe,” said pastor Terry Jones.
Nato Commander General David Petraeus said the threat to burn the Koran would serve as propaganda for the Taliban and strengthen anti-American feeling in the Muslim world.
His words echo those of Nato’s secretary general, who said it flouted western values.
The plan has already provoked protests in Afghanistan and Indonesia.