Saturday, June 04, 2005

How can they consider this matter "closed"?

Pentagon: Koran Defiled

Where do I start?

The report came out LATE Friday... How conVENient!
"The inquiry found no credible evidence that a member of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay ever flushed a Koran down a toilet," Hood said. "This matter is considered closed."

-So it's not a problem for them that they had 5 confirmed incidents of desecration ?
" Lawrence Di Rita, a spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, said that military policy called for "respectful and appropriate" handling of the Koran. "The Hood inquiry would appear to confirm that policy," said Di Rita, who was traveling with Rumsfeld in Asia. "

-How do you figure? 5 incidents of desecration doesn't sound like "respectful and appropriate" handling of the Koran....
-But they seem to rationalize it because they ONLY found 5 incidents out of 1600 (and somehow I'm a bit skeptical that there were only 5, AND the guard's story about the wind... ""A guard reported that he was at fault," the report said. "The guard had left his observation area post and went outside to urinate. He urinated near an air vent and the wind blew his urine through the vent into the block. "

-And finally, it's VERY hard for me to believe that any of the Muslims at Guantanamo would desecrate their own Koran (or someone else's) when you realize how important the care and handling is to every Muslim. I get the feeling that just possibly those "incidents" never even happened, and it's a case of CYA.
I don't know enough about the subject though to say that it COULDN'T have happened, it just doesn't seem likely.
And the "water balloons" incident sounds to me like there was a serious lack of discipline.... hmmm, can you think of another military prison that had problems with guards and disipline?

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