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May 16, 2005

Newsweek publishes lies, resulting in deaths

I'll recap the story, although most of you would already be familiar with it.

Newsweek's May 8th issue contained a Periscope column by Michael Isikoff and John Barry which claimed that U.S. military investigators found evidence that interrogators had placed copies of the Quran in a toilet in order to get prisoners to talk.

Released before the issue date, on May 6th at a  press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricket legend and a critic of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf read the article. A riot ensued, killing at least 15 people and injuring scores of other.

Newsweek “quickly” apologized, 9 days later, admitting they had no proof the story was even true, but still refused to retract the story:

"We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst," Mark Whitaker, Newsweek's editor, wrote in the issue of the magazine that goes on sale at newsstands today. In an accompanying article, the magazine wrote that its reporters had relied on an American government official, whom it has not identified, who had incomplete knowledge of the situation.

But Mr. Whitaker said in an interview later: "We're not retracting anything. We don't know what the ultimate facts are."

Most bloggers have focused on what rectal openings the “journalists” at Newsweek are for publishing such a story, and then for offering such a tardy and wimpy “apology” I want to look at something else.

Let's take two scenarios:

Scenario #1: A copy of the Koran is flushed down a toilet

Scenario #2: A person holding the Koran shoots and kills an innocent person.

Which defiles the Koran more? If the Koran is an object to be worshipped (an idol), then Scenario #1 would. But if the Koran is a source of information to be honored and obeyed, Scenario #2 would defile it more (if part of that message was to respect life and not shed innocent blood, which most Moslems claim it does)

So even if some interrogator flushed a copy of the Koran, if the Koran is the book of wisdom Moslems keep telling us it is, then those who've murdered in the name of the Koran have done far, far worse, yet...

A group of Afghan Muslim clerics threatened on Sunday to call for a holy war against the United States in three days unless it hands over military interrogators reported to have desecrated the Koran.

The warning came after 16 Afghans were killed and more than 100 hurt last week in the worst anti-U.S. protests across the country since U.S. forces invaded in 2001 to oust the Taliban for sheltering Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network.

The clerics in the northeastern province of Badakhshan said they wanted President Bush to handle the matter honestly "and hand the culprits over to an Islamic country for punishment."

"If that does not happen within three days, we will launch a jihad against America," said a statement issued by about 300 clerics, referring to Muslim holy war, after meeting in the main mosque in the provincial

Now, I also want to add that this behavior is not typical of Moslems. One of my roommates in college was a devout Moslem from Lebanon. He prayed 5 times a day, and observed all of the laws. I'd him help find out which foods had what, since the cafeteria workers would more often than not lie about it, thinking it was fun to trick a Moslem into eating pork. Well, one day I was watching TV in the TV room, and I got curious about a closed door. The TV room was a dorm room set aside for dorm residents to watch TV in, and each dorm room had its own bathroom. I looked inside and saw stacks and stacks of books. Literally hundreds of them. I opened one and it had Arabic writing in it. So, I took it to my roommate and asked what it was, and he said it was a Moslem book with excerpts from the Koran. He asked me where I found it, I told him, and he became very animated.

At one time the Moslem students had convinced the school to allow them to set a room aside as a Mosque, so they could worship. The school allowed it, and the students were able to get quite a bit of Moslem literature. When those particular students graduated, the school didn't mention it to incoming Moslem students, and just quietly stored the literature -- in the unused bathroom in the dorm TV room.

Well, my roommate fetched another Moslem student and they moved the books to another location, but I could tell, they were both pretty mad. But they were never violent, and never even raised their voices. They respected the Koran by both placing it in a respectful location and not using the situation as an excuse to be violent of hateful. They honored the Koran with their actions.

The rioters in Afghanistan defile the Koran worse than if they were flushing it down a toilet, but they are too blind with hate to see that.

Coverage: Powerline (also here), LGF, Michelle Malkin, Captain's Quarters, Patterico, Ace of Spades (also here), Jawa Report (also here and here), Common Sense Run Wild, Don Singleton (also here), Pajama Hadin, The Anchoress (also here), Original Musings, The Narrow, Myopic Zeal

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 16, 2005 08:04 AM

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