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Friday, June 03, 2005

Quran Mishandling

As is normally the practice with the Bush administration, news that might be considered...well...negative is dumped out to news outlets late Friday afternoon. Such is the case with the Pentagon confirming several cases of Quran mishandling at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In all, nine cases were investigated, and five were confirmed. The investigation was launched by the commander of the Gitmo detention center, Brig. Gen. Jay Hood.

Which means that Newsweek's report of the Quran being desecrated was, while not accurate in the specifics (no Quran was flushed down a toilet), was correct about the Muslim holy book being mishandled by guards at the Gitmo detention center. How will right-wingers react to this latest news, straight from the Pentagon?

The confirmed reports included:

-- a soldier kicking the Quran;
-- a guard stepping on the Quran;
-- thrown water balloons resulted in an unknown number of Qurans being splashed;
-- A guard's urine came through an air vent and splashed a detainee and his Quran (I suppose we'll have to wait to find out why a guard took a piss through an air vent);
-- A two-word obscenity was written in English on the inside cover of a Quran (I suppose we'll have to wait to find out what the two-word obscenity was, but my money is on fuck you).

Isn't this great news? Just what we need: more ammunition to give to a group of people that want to kill us. And if this news sparks riots that result in deaths, will right-wingers be as angry with the Bush administration as they were with Newsweek magazine when it reported that a Quran had been flushed down a toilet? Will they hold the Bush administration accountable for any deaths that might happen because the Pentagon has confirmed five separate cases of the Quran being mishandled?

Prediction: no, the right wingers will not hold the Bush administration accountable. They haven't held the Bush administration accountable for anything yet, why would they now?

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