Monday, May 16, 2005

This recruitment tool sponsored by Newsweek.

The MSM wonders what effect humiliating Abu Ghraib prisoners would have on terror recruiting. I don't think there were many 'moderate' Muslims who said to themselves, "Hey, my life is way too easy right now. I'd like sign up to fight a country who if they don't kill me, will show the world all my shortcomings and dress me in the clothes I only wear in private."

Now ask yourself how many of the 1 billion Muslims on the planet are at least a little angry about the thought of a flushed holy book? With Newsweek's non-retraction, how many of the earth's 1 billion Muslims' misplaced suspicions of Americans have now been artificially validated? How many who had adopted a "wait and see" to approach to Iraq now believe that the US is willing to talk about domestic religious freedom while desecrating Islam?

Newsweek's attempt to make the military look bad may have had the effect of moving Muslims up one rung on the ladder toward extremism. Now that's reporting.

flag burn Posted by Hello
Heated emotions: University students in Kabul burned an American flag last week
May 23 issue - By the end of the week, the rioting had spread from Afghanistan throughout much of the Muslim world, from Gaza to Indonesia. Mobs shouting "Protect our Holy Book!" burned down government buildings and ransacked the offices of relief organizations in several Afghan provinces. The violence cost at least 15 lives, injured scores of people and sent a shudder through Washington, where officials worried about the stability of moderate regimes in the region.

The spark was apparently lit at a press conference held on Friday, May 6, by Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricket legend and strident critic of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. Brandishing a copy of that week's NEWSWEEK (dated May 9), Khan read a report that U.S. interrogators at Guantánamo prison had placed the Qur'an on toilet seats and even flushed one. "This is what the U.S. is doing," exclaimed Khan, "desecrating the Qur'an." His remarks, as well as the outraged comments of Muslim clerics and Pakistani government officials, were picked up on local radio and played throughout neighboring Afghanistan. Radical Islamic foes of the U.S.-friendly regime of Hamid Karzai quickly exploited local discontent with a poor economy and the continued presence of U.S. forces, and riots began breaking out last week.

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