Friday, May 13, 2005

Angry Protests Rage Across the Muslim world

Governments demanded investigations and thousands took to the streets in outrage over a Newsweek magazine report that interrogators at a U.S. military prison in Cuba had put the Muslim holy book on toilets, in at least one case flushing it down.

“The United States' reputation had already been damaged by photographs released last year of physical and sexual abuse of Muslim prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Washington's allies demanded action and an investigation. Indonesia said those responsible must receive a ``deserved punishment'' for their ``immoral action.'' Pakistan also called for a U.S. probe, and Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, said it was following the issue with ``deep indignation.''

Sentiments ran higher in the streets.

I recommend you read Chain of Command : The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib by Seymour Hersch.

“Newsweek, in its May 9 edition, quoted sources as saying that investigators probing abuses at the military prison had found that interrogators ``had placed Korans on toilets, and in at least one case flushed a holy book down the toilet.''

Washington is holding more than 500 prisoners from its war on terrorism at the naval base on Cuba, many of them detained in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The report prompted the worst anti-U.S. protests across that fragmented country since Americans invaded to topple Kabul's Islamist Taliban rulers for harboring Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network.

On Friday, Islamic clerics in Afghanistan told worshipers at weekly prayers that protests over the reported desecration of the holy book were justified.

They urged Muslims to shun violence, but their words fell on deaf ears as clashes erupted in different parts of the country, claiming at least nine lives, most those of protesters shot by police.…”

Once again the US government claims tht this is an isolated incident, when the evidence says that this is Bush and Rumsfeld's interrogation policy brought to light. I recommend you read Chain of Command : The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib by Seymour Hersch

Foreign Affairs - Book Review - Chain of Command: The Road From 9 ...

... Transition 2005. Chain of Command: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib. Seymour M. Hersh. New York: HarperCollins, 2004, 416 pp. $25.95 ... chain-of-command-the-road-from-9-11-to-abu-ghraib.html -

The New Yorker: Fact

... by SEYMOUR M. HERSH. American soldiers brutalized Iraqis. How far up does the responsibility go? Issue of 2004-05-10 Posted 2004-04-30 ... - 68k - May 11, 2005 -
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