It’s sad how worked up the left gets over a few “mishandlings” of the Koran, but where is their outrage when their “freedom fighters” spread innocent blood in Iraq?
Michelle Malkin points out a few interesting facts about the new report:
Buried down in the AP story about Quran abuses at Gitmo, we learn:
[Hood] said his investigation found 15 cases of detainees mishandling their own Qurans. “These included using a Quran as a pillow, ripping pages out of the Quran, attempting to flush a Quran down the toilet and urinating on the Quran,” Hood’s report said. It offered no possible explanation for those alleged abuses.
In the most recent of those 15 cases, a detainee on Feb. 18, 2005, allegedly ripped up his Quran and handed it to a guard, stating that he had given up on being a Muslim. Several of the guards witnessed this, Hood reported.
The WaPo headline over the AP story instead reads: “U.S. Confirms Gitmo Soldier Kicked Quran.” But the article provides no further details of that single incident, instead reporting on one instance of a contract interrogator, not a soldier, stepping on a Quran and then apologizing. The contract interrogator was later fired. In other cases, the story notes, “a guard’s urine came through an air vent and splashed on a detainee and his Quran; water balloons thrown by prison guards caused an unspecified number of Qurans to get wet; and in a confirmed but ambiguous case, a two-word obscenity was written in English on the inside cover of a Quran.”
The civil liberties Chicken Littles will again be up in arms. I’ve already received a late-breaking e-mail alert from CAIR assailing Gitmo’s “climate of abuse.” And the new media frenzy is already under way: here, here, here and here.
***Don’t trust the MSM reports. Read the Pentagon’s investigative findings for yourself here. See also the Pentagon news release, which puts things in proper perspective and the text of US military regs on handling the Koran.***
I’m sure we will read all about the handwringing over the five instances of Koran misuse. What about the misuse by the inmates themselves? Does that count?
In the end, our military bent over backwards to accomodate these pieces of shit. Much more then they deserved. But still the looney left will believe the terrorists when they say the sky is falling over our own soldiers. They will believe those who would like nothing better then to see them slaughtered like cattle over those who would lay down their lives to protect them. What kind of brain defect were they born with to think like this?
Charles Krauthammer writes:
Does the Koran deserve special respect? Of course it does. As do the Bibles destroyed by the religious police in Saudi Arabia and the Torahs blown up in various synagogues from Tunisia to Turkey.
Should the United States apologize? If there were mishandlings of the Koran, we should say so and express regret. And that should be in the context of our remarkably humane and tolerant treatment of the Guantanamo prisoners, and in the context of a global war on terrorism (for example, the campaign in Afghanistan) conducted with a discrimination and a concern for civilian safety rarely seen in the annals of warfare.
Then we should get over it, stop whimpering and start defending ourselves.
Michelle also gets a email from a former guard at Gitmo:
Your article describing the treatment of detainees and their access to books other than the Koran is accurate. The detainees also have their own medical facility and an exercise yard where they run, play soccer and engage in other physical activities.
I know these things because I was a guard there from Dec. 2002 to Sept. 2003. I was in a National Guard infantry unit assigned to man the towers inside and the checkpoints around Camp Delta. I have seen these things firsthand.
I will never forget seeing an MP waiting at Guantanamo Bay Naval Hospital after being splattered by a detainees bodily fluids. You never hear about these incidents in the media and you never hear about MP’s having to be tested for hepatitis and other infections due to these incidents.
Gitmo, like most detention facilities, will never approach any state of perfection. However, from what I have observed, most injuries to detainees were self-inflicted, such as attempted suicides.
That notwithstanding, the general atmosphere is not threatening. I cannot count the number of times a detainee would look up at me in one of the towers and give me a friendly smile and wave.
Prior to our units deployment to Gitmo we were trained to look for any sign of abuse toward the detainees and report it immediately. We were given cards with specific steps to take if such an event occured. This card became an inspectable item that we had to carry in our uniform shirt pocket when on duty.
This was all done to drive home to us the idea that we were there to do three specific things. We were to keep out unathorized personnel, prevent the escape of detainees, and ensure the safety of the detainees.
The correspondent also notes:
1.The international media makes regular visits (almost every week when I was stationed there).
2. The IRC is there all the time. They don’t just make occasional visits.
3. The FBI is there all the time. Not just to make inspections.
But as we all know, the left and the DU will believe al-Qaeda before they ever believe their soldiers. Just sad.