Sunday, May 18, 2008

What's good for the goose...

Here's a snippet of a story whose implicit message is how disrespectful and cloddish U.S. troops are to the Muslim religion (authoritarian social system might be a better description).

BAGHDAD - An American soldier used a Quran, the Islamic holy book, for target practice in a predominantly Sunni area west of Baghdad, prompting an apology from the U.S. military, a spokesman said Sunday.

American commanders then launched an inquiry that led to disciplinary action against the soldier, who has been removed from Iraq, Buckner said.

Hmmm. That probably isn't the type of behavior U.S. troops should engage in to win the hearts and minds of the locals (as if that's possible there), and the following is no excuse, but what about this?

While Muslims have responded with deadly outrage to the now-retracted report by Newsweek of alleged Quran desecration by U.S. interrogators, there was little outcry three years ago [2002] when Islamic terrorists holed up in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reportedly used the Bible as toilet paper.

I really don't need to make a comment, for I am sure you are intelligent enough to see the hypocrisy here. One thing I will say, though, is that just because some credo happens to be printed upon paper with ink and bound together with glue does not make it holy. Paper and ink are mere materials for the communication of ideas, and nothing more. (I could extend this line of thinking to people who think flag burning should be banned in this country, but I'll let that dog lie for now.)

By the way, I wonder what size groups the soldier was getting.

Take care.


The Other Mike S. said...

Did you hear this guy's commander with his apology? It was an embarrassment to this country.

What the soldier did was stupid, and he should be reprimanded, but to bend over backwards and kiss the ass of these people was way over the top.

DAL357 said...

I didn't hear the comment, but I can imagine its pandering, kowtowing bent.