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Get over it: 'Hurt feelings' reason for Jihad - As Muslims reject Newsweek retraction as 'not enough
May 17, 2005
"...Pakistan today dismissed an apology and retraction by American magazine Newsweek of a report alleging desecration of Islam's holy book, the Koran, at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay.
Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the report "insulted the feelings of Muslims … just an apology is not enough. They should think 101 times before publishing news that hurts hearts..."
"...Demonstrations serve no purpose, we should do something practical. I am ready to blow myself up for the sake of my religion to embrace martyrdom," said Mohammad Ghafoor, 18, a student protesting in Peshawar Pakistan:http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=755298
MIM:The fact that the reported of a Koran flushing at Gitmo. if true was the work of a Muslim, has done nothing to stem the hysteria and orgy of murder and mayhem continuing all over the Islamic world, and spreading to Europe and the U.S., where groups like the Muslim American Society ( closely linked to Al Qaeda ),have already met with Defense Department and US government officials.
The Muslim perception that their religion has to be respected by everyone in the world, while they burn and behead infidels with impunity in the name of Allah, is further revealed in the comments that the Newsweek retraction of false information regarding a Koran flushing was received in the Islamic world. As MIM stated before : Now that the Muslim world has declared Jihad against Americans, infidels have three options. Declare dhimmitude and agree to work for Muslims in the service of Islam, (as many in the State Department and on US campuses have done), (convert to Islam, like presidential advisor Karl Rove sychophant Grover Norquist), or risk death by beheading or bombing. Given the options, and the fact that Islamo facists have now rejected Newsweek's retraction, as not satisfying their delicate religous sensibilities, the only defense is offense. Now that Muslims have made their concern about the treatment of the Koran known, public libraries and schools should refuse to accept 'donations' of Korans from CAIR and other Muslim groups , on the grounds that readers might decide to take it with them to read in the toilet.
"Mad as hell and not going to take in anymore"
Maybe burning a Koran for every American and Israeli killed by Muslims would illustrate to that they are not the only ones in the world with cultural sensitivities which can be offended . A public Koran burning for every murder might not deter Islamic atrocities - but it could serve as a reminder that the Koran has no meaning for many people on the planet. It's time for non Muslims to get the message across to Muslims that beheadings, suicide bombings, rejoicing over burned and mutilated corpses hung from bridges, are offensive to Americans and anyone who can claims to be connected to humanity.
MIM: Among the first to grovel to do Muslim's bidding were the House Democrats (who are demanding an inquiry into something which never happened). In another abject show of dhimmitude General Richard Myers who held a press conference where he talked about something which never happened, and then obediently trotted off to Guantanmo Bay to supervise an ivestigation into the fictitious 'alleged incident'.
True to form, some fifty members of the House of Representatives (Democrats all) are calling for an 'independent' investigation by a 'special counsel', claiming higher-level military and U.S. government officials have been insulated and that only a 'special counsel' can 'get to the bottom' of it all.
Google returned more than a thousand hits when queried about the alleged 'desecration' -- I found only three that didn't treat the story as gospel fact. But buried between the headlines screaming about American brutality, if one looked hard enough, one could discover that the Pentagon has been unable to confirm any of it.
General Richard Myers, America's top military officer, told a press conference that the general in charge of all U.S. military operations in that part of the world went to Guantanamo himself two days ago to supervise the investigation into the alleged incident.
General Myers reports the investigators began by looking through the interrogation logs for the period in question, in 2002, and could not find any incident listed that would confirm the Newsweek report.
The only report that came close was a log entry where a detainee was reported by a guard to be ripping pages out of a Koran and putting them in the toilet to stop it up as a protest.
"...Last week, the top U.S. military officer, General Richard Myers, said an examination of the interrogation logs for the period in question turned up no incident to match the Newsweek report.
"They have looked through the logs, the interrogation logs, and they cannot confirm yet that there was ever the case of the toilet, except for one case, a log entry, which they still have to confirm, where a detainee was reported by a guard to be ripping pages out of a Koran and putting them in the toilet to stop it up as a protest. But, not where the U.S. did it," General Myers says..." http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200505/200505170003.html
MIM: The origins of mass hysteria : Imran Khan, Oxford educated ex cricketeer/playboy turned Islamo socialist politician, knowingly sparked the violence by reading the Newsweek story at a press conference.
"...On May 6, Imran Khan, a critic of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, waved the article at a press conference. "This is what the U.S. is doing," he said, "desecrating the Quran..." http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/05/17/MNGAVCQB0J1.DTL
"...His (Imran's) remarks, as well as the outraged comments of Muslim clerics and Pakistani government officials, were picked up on local radio and played throughout neighbouring Afghanistan,"..." http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1365091,0015002100000000.htm
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Pakistan not satisfied with Newsweek Retraction
The apology and retraction are not enough," Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told Reuters.
"They should understand the sentiments of Muslims and think 101 times before publishing news which hurt feelings of Muslims."
"...Qazi Hussain Ahmed, head of a hardline six-party Islamic alliance in Pakistan, said Newsweek's retraction was unlikely to cool tempers in the Muslim world..."
Retraction not enough - warns Pak militant
Tuesday, 17 May , 2005
Islamabad: A senior Pakistani militant warned on Tuesday that Muslim anger over Newsweek's "humiliating" story on the alleged desecration of the Koran will not subside despite the magazine's retraction.
The powerful six party Islamic alliance of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) also demanded those responsible for the "conspiracy" be punished.
"Those who planned and flashed this story in Newsweek must be exposed and punished," deputy secretary general of the MMA,
The highly humiliating article has also exposed the inner feelings of US policy makers about Islam and the Muslim community," Baloch claimed.
The report was a "conspiracy to widen the gap between Islam and Christianity after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States."
However, he said the Newsweek report had unified the nation in expressing their anger.
The MMA has made a call for a worldwide protest on May 27, he said.
"Regrets will not end the anger and protests will be staged as planned," he said adding that Islamic organisations here and abroad will hold rallies and demonstrations "to condemn the publication of the highly humiliating article."
"Yes, it's abominable the reports that emanated from Guantanamo Bay," Mr Kasuri said during a three day diplomatic tour of Australia.
"It's unthinkable that someone could be so debased, inhuman, depraved as to provoke the feelings of not just those people there (in Guantanamo) but all over the Muslim world.
"I have no doubt that the entire Muslim world is outraged. So I urge the United States administration to take very strong action against the culprits."
Mr Kasuri said while the US had "distanced itself" from the allegations, their seriousness required firm action.
He said that was especially the case in the light of similar allegations of prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.
"In order to send a message, particularly about prison abuses ... I hope this time they take a much stronger action because the indignation and rage is universal."
"Even the worst enemy of the United States could not harm the image of the United States in the Muslim world as effectively as they've done if this is correct," he said.
There were demonstrations over the issue in several Pakistani cities after prayers on Friday, following days of protests and riots in neighbouring Afghanistan.
The protests were organised by the six-party Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) alliance which called on the US to issue an unconditional apology or else it would step up its campaign to have the American ambassador expelled form the country.
MIM: The condemnation of the US was not limited to overseas. U.S. Muslims aand Arabs in the U.S. eagerly joined the orgy of America bashing in a show of solidarity with Islamists abroad.
The director of the Muslim American Society (MAS/ICNA) - a Wahhabist funded Al Qaeda linked group, actually meant with Defense Department officials and Senator John Warner in Washington to express outrage over the non event.
"...The reaction "underscores the sacredness of the Quran," said John Esposito, professor of Islamic studies at Georgetown University... "
"...As outrageous as the story was, whether it was true or not, it goes to show that there's such a culture of permissiveness (in the U.S. military) that after Abu Ghraib, it was entirely believable," said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C..."
"...Dina Ibrahim, an assistant professor of broadcast news at San Francisco State, said, "As a Muslim, I can say there was no cultural sensitivity at Newsweek..." http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/05/17/MNGAVCQB0J1.DTL
MIM: Terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in many Middle Eastern countries because of their involvement in attacks like the assassination of Egyptian President Sadat , and the perversely named 'Muslim Human Rights Commission' in the UK, which supports the rights of Muslims to be suicide bombers, were among the Islamfacists whining that their 'feelings had been hurt' .
*Hundreds of Indonesians gathered in a Jakarta mosque to condemn the alleged desecration of the Koran by the U.S. soldiers, while their government called for punishing "those who deserve it for their immoral actions."
* Saudi Arabia, the first Arab country to comment on the reports, expressed "great concern and urged Washington to conduct a quick investigation." A Foreign Ministry statement said if such allegations were confirmed "deterring measures" should be taken "to charge those held responsible in a way that prevents its repetition and respects the feelings of the Muslims all over the world."
*In Lebanon the militant Hezbollah group described in a statement the alleged desecration of the Koran as "a blunt violation of divine values" and an expression of how "deep" U.S. enmity is toward Muslims.
*The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt expressed "great anger and condemnation for such an act" and demanded Washington "to apologize and severely punish the criminals."
*Masoud Shadjareh, the London-based president of the Muslim Human Rights Committee, summarized Muslim feeling toward U.S. anti-terrorism policies.
"It (desecration of the Koran) is disgusting and proves again that the war is not against terrorism but rather targets the feelings and emotions of Muslims everywhere."
Newspaper headlines were uniform in their reports of the rioting, with headlines like "Koran Desecration Unleashes Muslim Anger" and "US Must Apologize Over Koran Report" etc., etc.
MIM: Afghanis showed their gratitute to the Americans died to liberate Aghanis from the Taliban, and poured billions in the country to build up their schools and infrastructure , by spitting at the US and self righteously asserting that they will not accept an apology for something which never happened.
Press unmoved by Newsweek retraction
* "...Newsweek has apologised for publishing an unconfirmed report about the desecration of the Muslim holy book, the Koran. We welcome the apology but would like to stress that it came too late, as it had already provoked the religious sentiments of Muslims all around the world, particularly in Afghanistan..."
* "...Afghanistan's HewadSome analysts believe that the Newsweek report is accurate and that the source admitted it was wrong to report the allegation because it came under US government pressure, as the news undermines the US's popularity and makes US citizens vulnerable in the Islamic world..."
* "...The continuing worldwide agitation shows that Muslims across the world have deep love and respect for their Holy Book and cannot afford for it to be desecrated in any way. On the other hand, the US is not ready to apologise to Muslims over the issue. This shows that the US has crossed all limits in its enmity towards Islam.
*"...If the Muslim Ummah does not unite now and do away with such conspiracies, the Americans will be further encouraged. The desecration of the Koran is such a great crime that a mere apology from the US forces concerned cannot rectify it. All Muslim countries must take this incident as a challenge and form a united platform to thwart all such anti-Islamic designs and conspiracies in future.
*"...It seems hard to accept President George W Bush's claims that the aim of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq was to liberate the two countries. To free a country from human-rights violations means to allow the people to practise their religion, including respect for their holy books.
*"...Condoleezza Rice's statement in which she tried to justify the actions of the US soldiers violating the sanctity of Islam at Guantanamo is an excuse worse than sin. She tried to escape responsibility by using sweet words alleging that the US Administration respects the beliefs of other nations, especially Islam. Because of its foolish policies, the US has put itself in a quagmire.
MIM: The Iranians are so upset that the retraction of a story which never happened came too late that they are preparing to 'go ballistic' by blowing themselves up
Qur'an drama: Iranians unite in protest
Qom, Iran - At least a thousand Iranians in the holy city of Qom protested on Wednesday over desecration of the Qur'an at the United States detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, even though a story alleging the abuse has been retracted.
The demonstrators, mostly students from Shi'a Muslim seminaries, chanted "Death to America" and other anti-US slogans. Some were dressed in white shrouds as a symbol of their willingness to be martyred for the cause, an AFP photographer said.
"The Bush administration must know it will be toppled for desecrating the Qur'an," hardline Shi'a cleric Ahmad Khatami, who is no relation to Iran's reformist President Mohammad Khatami, told the rally.
He also described Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as "evil".
"Although the Americans have pledged to sort out the problem, they would be better off putting (US President George) Bush on trial," he said.
Qom, situated around 150km south of Tehran, is Iran's clerical capital.
The US magazine Newsweek on Monday retracted an article that said interrogators had thrown a Qur'an into a toilet to rattle Muslim prisoners at the detention facility in Cuba.
The report, which appeared in the May 9 edition, has sparked protests throughout the Muslim world. In Afghanistan 14 people were killed in anti-US protests last week.
Rice had described the Newsweek report as "appalling" and said it had created a "very major problem" for Washington in the Muslim world.
The reaction in Iran has been relatively muted, although last week Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi complained that "US officials should have reacted, expressed their outrage and punished those responsible much sooner
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