Monday, May 16, 2005

Newsweek Apologizes For The Fictional Koran Flushing Incident

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.

Newsweek's editor, Mark Whitaker, apologized on Sunday and said the magazine inaccurately reported that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Muslim holy book down the toilet.

Reaction from The White House: "It's puzzling that while Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refused to retract the story," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. " Take that with a grain of salt, friends, coming from a White House that still refuses to retract the Weapons Of Mass Destruction story they cooked up to invade Iraq.

The Newsweek report sparked violent protests across the Muslim world -- from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan, Indonesia and Gaza. The Koran flushing has also been condemned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and by the Arab League.

I realize The Koran is sacrosanct, but, hey, that seems like pretty small potatoes compared to some of the other stuff that happened in Guantanamo or that prison in Iraq. I guess I'd flush The Koran (or the American Flag, or the Bible, or Talmud, or the Upanishads) down the toilet if I thought it would save some lives. But this didn't seem to work out so well.

1 comment:

El Snoozo said...

I agree Jack. They've had Muslims pissed on, beaten and degraded, and there is outcry, but not on this level. Plus every Muslim leader is quick to denounce this "horroble act" and yet are quite mum when it comes to beheadings and the like.

If the Koran was kept in motel nightstands the way the Bible is we'd have riots daily..One day they'd take to the streets cause someone used it to step up a bit higher to change a ligtbulb..The following day, they'd burn flags because some child's diapered ass was using it as a booster seat so he can eat his Fruit Loops..They'd kill people upon hearing that a nekkid lady was reading it while going to the bathroom!