Some are still trying to kindle the flames of jihad over the Qur’an toilet non-incident. Has anyone noticed that this could be the first time that the Muslim world has actually believed a story that was first reported by a Western media outlet? From AP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
“Although the magazine that published this piece of information has backed off it, we call on the American administration to investigate the incident, which we consider a major crime against more than 1.2 billion Muslims in the world,” Jassem al-Kharafi, the parliament speaker in Kuwait “” a top U.S. ally “” said in the Al-Watan daily Wednesday.
U.S. officials have said they found nothing to substantiate the Newsweek report that interrogators at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, flushed a copy of the Quran down the toilet to unnerve an inmate.
But given frequent reports of mistreatment at the camp from released detainees, some Muslims remained convinced the desecration happened.
“In Guantanamo they’re throwing Muslims into the garbage. … To flush their holy book down the toilet is the easy part,” said Walid Kazziha, a political science professor at the American University in Cairo.
“It is easy for (the Americans) to humiliate the Quran, for them it is just a book,” said Fatma el-Hefny, a student there.
In the Arab World, the street reaction to the Quran desecration was limited to a demonstration by several thousand university students in the Yemeni capital San’a on Saturday and another by several hundred activists from the Islamic militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip a day earlier.