26 May 2005

Koran desecration revisited

Those "idiots" at Newsweek had their story about Koran desecration all wrong, I'm sure. But now we just happen to find out about five cases (substantiated by U.S. officials) in which military guards or interrogators mishandled the Korans of Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. We are assured however that there was "no credible evidence" to confirm a prisoner's report that a holy book was flushed in a toilet. In three of the five cases cited, the mishandling appears to have been deliberate.

Why isn't the military able to prevent these incidents from occurring? One reason is the deep racism and prejudice against Muslims that is found virtually everywhere nowdays. The other contributing cause is the tremendous secrecy and wide latitude provided by the administration.

We're now in a situation where people in charge can do anything anywhere without oversight. The past practice of fabricating incidents to justify war is evidently too time consuming. We've entered the bizarro era of "the war on terror", a war conducted against an indefinite enemy for an indefinite time. Does anyone envision a day in the future when some U.S. president will declare this "war" over? Will desecrating enough Korans make fundamentalist terrorists stop? Will it reduce their recruitment abilities? I'm quite certain that those pulling the strings couldn't give a damn. For them, terrorism is actually welcome as it provides an excuse for any action at any time--actions that have nothing to do with Saudis carrying pepper spray onto aircraft and everything to do with some rich people's bank accounts.

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