Friday, June 03, 2005

Teacher, He Got Water On My Koran

From AP:

The Pentagon on Friday released new details about mishandling of the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, confirming that a soldier deliberately kicked the Muslim holy book and that an interrogator stepped on a Quran and was later fired for "a pattern of unacceptable behavior."

In other confirmed incidents, a guard's urine came through an air vent and splashed on a detainee and his Quran; water balloons thrown by prison guards caused an unspecified number of Qurans to get wet; and in a confirmed but ambiguous case, a two-word obscenity was written in English on the inside cover of a Quran.

The findings, released after normal business hours Friday evening, are among the results of an investigation last month by Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, the commander of the detention center in Cuba, that was triggered by a Newsweek magazine report — later retracted — that a U.S. soldier had flushed one Guantanamo Bay detainee's Quran down a toilet.

The story stirred worldwide controversy and the Bush administration blamed it for deadly demonstrations in Afghanistan.

Hood said in a written statement released Friday evening, along with the new details, that his investigation "revealed a consistent, documented policy of respectful handling of the Quran dating back almost 2 1/2 years."

How can this man claim we treat anybody or anything with respect? I mean, look at these charges, kicking, water balloons, errant urine? The horror. The horror.

From Michelle Malkin:

Erik Saar, who served as an army sergeant at Gitmo for six months and co-authored a negative, tell-all book about his experience titled "Inside the Wire," inadvertently provides us more firsthand details showing just how restrained, and sensitive to Islam to a fault, I believe the officials at the detention facility have been.
Each detainee's cell has a sink installed low to the ground, "to make it easier for the detainees to wash their feet" before Muslim prayer, Saar reports. Detainees get "two hot halal, or religiously correct, meals" a day in addition to an MRE (meal ready to eat). Loudspeakers broadcast the Muslims' call to prayer five times a day.

Every detainee gets a prayer mat, cap, and Koran. Every cell has a stenciled arrow pointing toward Mecca. Moreover, Gitmo's library yes, library is stocked with Jihadi books. "I was surprised that we'd be making that concession to the religious zealotry of the terrorists," Saar admits. "[I]t seemed to me that the camp command was helping to facilitate the terrorists' religious devotion." Saar notes that one FBI special agent involved in interrogations even grew a beard like the detainees "as a sort of show of respect for their faith."

Now, let's get down to reality here:

Number one, the Koran is not God. It is only a book. Just like the Bible. To treat it as a sacred object is a form of idolatry. And, for God's sake, we wouldn't want to be idolatrous.

Now, let's move on to more intense stuff. Muslims stone adulterers and homosexuals to death. They kill family members who leave the faith, or dishonor them by having sex outside of marriage.

Go to the Voices of the Martyrs website, and read the stories of Christians who are murdered for telling others about their faith.

Muslims blew up Buddhist religious statues in Afghanistan, which were millenia old.

Muslims used the Church of The Nativity as a place of battle, and they got drunk, and murdered people inside it. That's right inside the building located at the birthplace of Christ.

Muslims blow up other Muslims while they are at prayer in Mosques.

Oh yes, and Muslims saw guys heads off, after forcing them to admit that they are Jews.

What have we Westerners done to Muslims in retaliation for all these crimes?

Nothing. NOTHING.

What has the mainstream media written about all these crimes?

Blame us.

Enough already.