|Published:||Sep 09, 2010 9:59 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 10, 2010 12:52 AM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Inside Staff Sergeant Michael Blount's home is his own personal museum. It's filled with books, pictures, awards and three Qurans.
"You have to admit this is beautiful, beautiful writing. Why would you want to destroy this," asked Staff Sgt. Blount.
He got the Muslim holy books during his year-long tour in Iraq. He re-enlisted after the September 11th attacks.
"I felt like I had to do something," said Blount.
During his deployment he worked alongside the Iraqi police. He patrolled, trained and visited with the Iraqi people.
"Most of the people are just regular people trying to make a living for their families. Like anyone else, you and me," said Blount.
When he heard about Pastor Terry Jones' plan to burn Qurans he was disgusted and worried.
"It made me angry because all the years we put on the ground in Iraq trying to build trust and a relationship and to show we're compassionate people, this guy is taking all that away," said Blount.
Even though Pastor Jones may back down, Blount says the damage may have already been done to troops overseas.
"It may be too late .. just the discussion of burning them may have started a fire in the Middle East," said Blount.
He says Muslims are as sensitive about the Quran being burned as some Americans are about a mosque being put near Ground Zero.
"Just because you have the right doesn't mean you should," said Blount.
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