Free speech is one of the principals this nation was founded upon. I am not a disrespectful person and would probably never publicly desecrate another persons beliefs no matter how much I disagree. I have watched as others have walked on my flag and my country is engaged in a war against a terrorism that threatens the very freedom we'd all fight to protect. For Gen. Petreaus to ask Terry Jones to not burn the Quran as the Afghan people burn our flag he effectively says that we have lost that fight and have wasted nine years and thousands of lives in the process. If the "safety" of our soldiers were to depend on us cowering in a terrorized state here at home they would not need to be equipped with the most advanced weaponry to fight a war. The freedom of expression isn't always pretty, but it is that very freedom that allows us to call ourselves America.