05/17/2005: The last word....
well, the last photoshopped gag on the Newsweek/Gitmo/Koran desecration debacle.
UPDATE: According to autoegocrat, it wasn't Newsweek that broke the story, which has actually been out there for a number of months now.
My personal feeling: I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that U.S. servicemen (not all, but at least some), are desecrating Korans every chance they get; the LTG Jerry "My God can kick Allah's ass" Boykin mentality isn't at all rare in the armed services from what I can tell.
And as Juan Cole has pointed out, trashing Christian scripture is a standard practice in evasion and resistance training in the Armed Forces:
A reader with military experience in this area wrote me his own experience, with the Bible being trashed in a similar way. I was able to google this reader in such a way as to compare autobiographical statements and dates (stripped from the below) to the Web record, and they all check out. Even the history of attitudes, as revealed in letters to the editor, are confirmatory. So I'm sure of the authenticity of these comments.Shame on Newsweak for backing down at the behest of the bAdministration."I'm a former US [military officer], and had the 'pleasure' of attending SERE school--Search, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape.
The course I attended . . . [had] a mock POW camp, where we had a chance to be prisoners for 2-3 days. The camp is also used as a training tool for CI [counter-intelligence], interrogators, etc for those running the camp.
One of the most memorable parts of the camp experience was when one of the camp leaders trashed a Bible on the ground, kicking it around, etc. It was a crushing blow, even though this was just a school.
I have no doubt the stories about trashing the Koran are true.
Len on 05.17.05 @ 10:31 AM CST