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Newsweek Stokes Anti-American Sentiment; Provokes Jihad

Postby JTWood » Sun May 15, 2005 11:07 am

I just wanted to be the first person to say, "Thank you, Newsweek! Thanks a lot!"

:-t

CNN.com wrote:FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) -- A group of Afghan Muslim clerics have threatened to call for a holy war against the United States in three days unless it hands over military interrogators reported to have desecrated the Quran.

The warning on Sunday came after 16 Afghans were killed and more than 100 hurt last week in the worst anti-U.S. protests across the country since U.S. forces invaded in 2001 to oust the Taliban for sheltering Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network.

The clerics in the northeastern province of Badakhshan said they wanted U.S. President George W. Bush to handle the matter honestly "and hand the culprits over to an Islamic country for punishment."

"If that does not happen within three days, we will launch a jihad against America," said a statement issued by about 300 clerics, referring to Muslim holy war, after meeting in the main mosque in the provincial capital, Faizabad.

The statement was read out by Abdul Fatah Fayeq, the top judicial official in the mountainous, conservative province near the borders of Tajikistan and China.

Muslim clerics have traditionally been teachers and leaders in Afghan society and throughout its history they have rallied public opinion and sometimes led uprisings against unpopular rulers and foreign occupiers.

Newsweek magazine said in its May 9 edition investigators probing abuses at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay found that interrogators "had placed Qurans on toilets, and in at least one case flushed a holy book down the toilet."

Muslims consider the Quran the literal word of God and treat each book with deep reverence.

The United States has tried to calm global Muslim outrage over the incident, saying disrespect for the Quran was abhorrent and would not be tolerated, and military authorities were investigating the allegation.

Growing protests

Another group of clerics in the north demanded punishment for those responsible for desecrating the Quran but did not call for holy war, the governor of Kunduz province said.

The protests began in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday. Violence broke out there on Wednesday and there were clashes in several other places on Thursday and Friday.

Scattered protests on Saturday were mostly peaceful, while on Sunday no demonstrations were reported.

While some Afghan analysts say Muslim rage over the desecration report sparked the protests, not hatred of America, there is growing resentment of U.S. troops, especially in southeastern areas where they are most active.

The United States commands a foreign force in Afghanistan of about 18,300, most of them American, fighting Taliban insurgents and hunting militant leaders, including bin Laden.

President Hamid Karzai, a staunch U.S. ally, has urged the United States to punish anyone found guilty of desecrating the Quran. He said foreign hands were behind the disturbances, but did not identify them.

The anti-U.S. protesters have also criticized Karzai and his U.S.-backed government, attacking and torching provincial offices and police stations as well as U.N. and aid agency compounds.

I'd really like to know what Newsweek was thinking here when they decided to publish that information. Do they not understand that a jihad against America includes a jihad against Newsweek and its employees who are American citizens?

Seriously, if this is something that deserves to be fixed (and it's not), then Newsweek should have taken care of this behind closed doors by simply threatening to publish it. Putting it out for the world to see was just stupid.
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Postby Fireball Express » Sun May 15, 2005 11:46 am

Someone should tell Newsweek that I lined my cat's litter box with last week's issue.

The media hasn't been patriotic since WW II. It seems like they enjoy every chance to slander the US govenment some way, even and especially at times of war. I don't get it.
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Postby nikku88 » Sun May 15, 2005 12:05 pm

I'd be more likely to blame the people who actually did that. It wasn't Rushdie was it?
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Postby JTWood » Sun May 15, 2005 12:08 pm

nikku88 wrote:I'd be more likely to blame the people who actually did that. It wasn't Rushdie was it?

You think that people who placed a Quran on a toilet deserve to be handed over to radical Muslim clerics?
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Postby blankman » Sun May 15, 2005 12:14 pm

Fireball Express wrote:The media hasn't been patriotic since WW II. It seems like they enjoy every chance to slander the US govenment some way, even and especially at times of war. I don't get it.


I completely agree. The media is one of the most treasonous things in America. I've never seen such a group go to such lengths to hurt it's own country here in America. Rather than help the country through hard times and put some faith in the decisions of those we've elected, who obviously know a lot more about these important issues than they do or we do, they seek to cause disunity and unrest :-t :-t :-t
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Postby Fireball Express » Sun May 15, 2005 12:16 pm

I'm sure the Muslim world has no respect for my Bible.

I have no problem with flushing a Quran if it breaks down the guy and he coughs up some useful info that will help keep America safe.

I'm sure Newsweek thinks we should give them candy and ice cream as an effective interrogation practice.
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Postby JTWood » Sun May 15, 2005 12:16 pm

blankman wrote:
Fireball Express wrote:The media hasn't been patriotic since WW II. It seems like they enjoy every chance to slander the US govenment some way, even and especially at times of war. I don't get it.


I completely agree. The media is one of the most treasonous things in America. I've never seen such a group go to such lengths to hurt it's own country here in America. Rather than help the country through hard times and put some faith in the decisions of those we've elected, who obviously know a lot more about these important issues than they do or we do, they seek to cause disunity and unrest :-t :-t :-t

Well said
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Postby blankman » Sun May 15, 2005 12:17 pm

JTWood wrote:
nikku88 wrote:I'd be more likely to blame the people who actually did that. It wasn't Rushdie was it?

You think that people who placed a Quran on a toilet deserve to be handed over to radical Muslim clerics?


I can't even express my anger if that's what you really believe nikku88.
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Postby blankman » Sun May 15, 2005 12:24 pm

I hate the media more than ever now as they continue to attack US soldiers, the very people who are sacrificing everything to allow them to continue to publish this treasonous garbage.

Disagree with the Commander in Chief. Fine. But don't go and slander those great men and women for keeping us safe. What they're doing now, they've given up their life for the time being or forever for the good of this Nation. The media however are nothing more than cowards as they undermine these great individuals that make up the Services.

I'm too pissed off about this; I need to move on to another thread :-C
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Postby Mookie4ever » Sun May 15, 2005 1:06 pm

I guess that you guys can't read the "no politics" under the title?

You guys have all been around long enough to know why that's there - c'mon what were you thinking bringing this up?
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