Saturday, May 28, 2005

You say "Koran", I say "Qu'ran", let's call the whole thing off

The MSM infatuation with Islam is quite a thing to behold. Always the follower, the Red Star must have been giddy with anticipation to publish today's story on page A6 in the Metro Edition, and also online here, titled "Thousands rally against U.S. for alleged desecration of Qur'an".

The story had everything the Red Star looks for in a news event: anti-Americanism, Bush bashing, and reverence for the Koran, er, Qu'ran. Here's a sampling:

"Muslims spat on the American flag, threw tomatoes at a picture of President Bush and burned the U.S. Constitution in protests Friday from Iraq to Indonesia over the alleged desecration of Islam's holy book at Guantanamo Bay prison."
Let's go spend our tourist dollars in the Middle East, shan't we? More:

"Many Muslims were outraged earlier this month when Newsweek reported interrogators at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, flushed a Qur'an down the toilet to get inmates to talk. The story -- later retracted -- sparked deadly riots in Afghanistan."
There is a similar theme regarding the Newsweek story and other stories that appear in the Red Star. A blockbuster story is hyped and splashed across the front pages, then when a more responsible news organization (or bloggers, as is often the case now) do some actual investigation and force a retraction, but only after it's too late. A front page headline and a page 20 retraction do not cancel each other out. The Red Star is notorius for this, and we'll point out specific examples as often as we can.

"U.S. investigators admitted Thursday that there was mishandling of the Qur'an but contend that it was mostly inadvertent and deny that one had been put in a toilet. Friday's protests were organized before the officials' comments in Washington, D.C."
Two things here: Why pander to the politically correct crowd by using "Qu'ran" instead of the westernized spelling the MSM used for years, "Koran"? And second, can we please fight this war for our civilization without one hand tied behind our backs? Media outlets like the Star Tribune are going to extraordinary efforts to undermine our military and the defense of our country.

Stop it please, now, before we get too soft and open ourselves up to the tremendous evil that lurks from within and without. does anyone aside from the ACLU and anyone on the left really care whether a copy of the Koran was set down on top of a TV, as has been alleged? Have you heard what these lovely people having doing to the Bible lately?

And another thing. They're not "insurgents" or "foreign fighters", they are the enemy.