Ok, I was willing to give the Pentagon the benefit of the doubt after. Now, I’m not so sure after reading of what really happened:
A U.S. military investigation into the mishandling of the Muslim holy book at the Guantanamo Bay prison for suspected terrorists has determined that detainees — not U.S. soldiers — attempted to flush the Quran down the toilet there.
However, the report did find four confirmed incidents in which U.S. personnel at the base mishandled the Quran, including guards kicking a detainee’s Quran; a guard’s urine “splashed” a detainee and his holy book after coming through an air vent; and guards got in a water balloon fight that resulted in two detainees’ Qurans getting wet.
In a fifth confirmed incident, it could not be determined whether a guard or a detainee wrote a two-word obscenity in a detainee’s Quran.
Ok, just a quick guess on the obscenity in the last incident: F*&k Allah. Totally unsubstantiated guess.
So let’s get this straight: a guard was taking a leak, and he was a bit of a slob who couldn’t aim, and he pissed in an air vent (in the ceiling or in the floor, ponder that), and amazingly the detainee’s Quran was right under that vent. Something makes me wonder what kind of HVAC and plumbing work our tax money is paying for.
And as for the water balloon fight that resulted in not one but two detainees’ Qurans getting wet… well, let’s just say when the guards testified they were engaging in watersports with detainees Qurans, someone was taking liberty with the definition.
But hey, Newsweek can suck a fat one, because the guards clearly did everything short of actually flushing the Quran, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it, America haters.
» [CNN] [via cryptogon]