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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Uproar over US Koran desecration

The Muslim world is justifiably enraged over a recent Newsweek report that US personnel at the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities had flushed at least one copy of the Koran down the toilet (also covered by NPR and elsewhere). Such an act is legally blasphemous in many Muslim states and punishable by death in Pakistan and Afghanistan. With the recent US track record for the treatment of prisoners of war, "detainees", and "enemy combatants", it is easy to find this allegation to be credible. I doubt that Condoleezza Rice's commitment that "appropriate action" will be taken if this allegation proves true will be sufficient to quell the unrest in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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