There was a riot this week in Afghanistan; one which resulted in a lot of Afghani deaths and one which was sparked by a Newsweek report of a Koran being put into a Guantanamo Bay toilet.
It turns out, however, that the incident was not verified, and that Newsweek is forced to tender an apology.
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.Of course, Newsweek/MSNBC and the authors of the article--Michael Isikoff and John Barry--are being denounced far and wide for the deaths resulting from the riots (which are still going on). Isikoff and Barry certainly deserve the shellacking they are getting and will get.
Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Muslim holy book down the toilet.
Iâve been saying for a while now that the leftwing media has it in for the military. They condescended to military members before last year's election: "poor little GIs; they know not what they do." However, since they were unable to peel off a significant portion of George W. Bush's majority approval among veterans, the media disdain for GIs has lost its passive-aggressive flavor and taken on a more overt form of hostility.
Publishing a report on an unverified desecration of Islam's holy scripture was merely a tool meant to undermine the military's mission in the War on Terror(ists) and thereby discredit the war's author, the president. But like many tools wielded by unskilled "warriors," it missed the mark and hit the wrong targets: at least 15 Afghanis, now dead.
Nice shooting, clowns.
Note to those who are blowing the intentions of the "religious right" out of proportion: if Christians were to riot the next time some so-called artist puts a crucifix in a bucket full of urine, that would be religious extremism and then it would be time to worry about Christians. Wake me when it happens.
(Thanks to that heathen, Acidman, who has seen what's behind the J-School curtain)