The Newsweek story was true. Molly Ivins says it was sloppily covered and sloppily sourced, but it was true!! She documents other stories that preceded Newsweek by months which claimed the exact same treatment of the Koran. "Uh, people, I hate to tell you this, but the story about Americans abusing the Koran in order to enrage prisoners has been out there for quite some time".
March 17, 2004, in the Independent of London "guard kicked a copy of the Koran."
December 2004, report by the International Red Cross concerning torture at Gitmo.
December 30, 2004, reported the Financial Times. "They watched you each time you went to the toilet; the American soldiers used to tear up copies of Koran and throw them in the toilet. ..."
Jan. 9, 2005, Andrew Sullivan, writing in The Sunday Times of London, reported horrendous abuses related to the Koran.
May 1, 2005, The New York Times reported about and interviewed a released Kuwaiti, who spoke of three major hunger strikes, one of them touched off by "guards' handling copies of the Koran, which had been tossed into a pile and stomped on.
So what is the story now? It's about bad, bad Newsweek, demands for reforms, outrage at their reporting -- more lies from the liberal media.
Of course, Orwell is not only rolling over, he is laughing loud guffaws.
Read Molly Ivins full piece here. It will be interesting to see if anyone else picks up on the truth.
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