A Study in Abuse

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    Follow-up to the Newsweek article, how it played in the world press, and the facts about the situation from General Hood's report.

    A Study in Abuse
    By John Hinderaker for The Daily Standard
    06/06/2005 11:30:00 AM

    The media ignores the facts about Koran abuse and piles on the Army.

    WHEN NEWSWEEK REPORTED that a Guantanamo Bay guard had flushed a detainee's Koran down a toilet, the Muslim world erupted in protests, some of which turned violent. Newsweek later retracted the story. More significantly, so did the detainee who made the original allegation--a fact that went largely unreported.

    Nevertheless, the U.S. military commissioned Brigadier General Jay Hood to look into allegations of Koran mishandling at the Guantanamo facility. General Hood delivered his report on June 3. The report, read together with the ensuing press coverage, suggests how far our public discourse has diverged from any realistic understanding of war, prisons, or human behavior.

    The Hood report documents an exquisite concern for the religious sensibilities of Guantanamo's detainees. Consider the implications of this incident:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/698fxmcs.asp?pg1
     
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