The wit and wisdom (if any can be found) of Shane Bradley.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

It's just a book for Pete's sake!

A lot has been said in the blogosphere about Newsweek's article claiming that US interrogators were desecrating the Koran at Guantanamo Bay and the reaction in Afghanistan that led to people dying.

I don't have a problem with anyone trying to flush a Koran down the toilet or burning the Bible. That sort of thing - repellent as it may be - is protected as free speech, just as being able to write about it here is.

I do have a problem with a major news magazine like Newsweek publishing allegations from an anonymous source that did not witness the incident(s) but a report, was not corroborated by any other person and the source later said:

...that although he remembered reading investigative reports about desecration of the Quran, including a toilet incident, "he could no longer be sure that these concerns had surfaced in the [Southern Command] report."
But what I really have a problem with is that fanatics reacted to the report with violence and killed people.