The blogosphere and commercial press are up in arms today about Newsweek's reports of Koran desecration at Gitmo. Newsweek has retracted the report following riots across the Middle East. The call is out for a full denial - which from a prior restraint standpoint is really scary. But this blogger captures the rightgeist perfectly:
Whether Americans flushed the Koran down the toilet is irrelevant. Newsweek should not have reported it, even if true. It’s common sense, people. Those journalists knew how Muslims would react! Why would you hurt your own country and risk more deaths just to report this “fact?” To what end???
You report the truth to keep us honest. How is violating the principles America supposedly stands for "irrelevant"? And yes, I hate that any American would treat someone else's book of faith callously.
Personally? After Abu Gharib, I believe it, and no denial from Newsweek will convince me otherwise. If some other journalist can prove it, then frankly we're getting what we deserve.
Also worth noting: in the riots, protestors burned American and Isreali flags together. They see us as one. I've been saying it for years: this is about us sticking our noses in a part of the world we're not wanted, and it's about Israel, Israel, Israel. The interests of America (not getting blown up) no longer coincide with the interests of Israel (stealing Palestinian land), and we really need a divorce if we're ever going to get out of this.