On the accidental Koran urine-splashing
Cannibalizing from my own comments again, from Roger's:
As I went to my computer today, and my home page came up (Yahoo news), and I saw that the lead story (AP, naturally) was headlined, "U.S.: Gitmo Quran Was Splashed With Urine," I felt (and still feel) the strangest combination of weariness and anger.
I have become convinced that these stories will continue until the MSM gets what it wants. What it wants seems to be the election of Democrats. What it may get instead is the undermining of Western civilization and the tradition of the Enlightenment, I kid you not.
Sorry to be so gloomy, but this story crossed some line I didn't even know existed, with its absurd and self-destructive digging up and flaunting and trumpeting of anything--anything--that could get the US, Bush, and the military in trouble. Next it will be dust: "two US military personnel let dust blow on the Koran at Gitmo," and thoughtcrime, "Five Guantanamo guards lusted in their hearts about defecating on the Koran." Lost in the whole thing (of course!) is the fact that these prisoners are given Korans in the first place.
The Islamofascists can cut back on their budget for propaganda. The US press is doing the job far better than they ever could.
I'll calm down soon, I imagine, and this will join the long list of similar incidents that I hope, in the end, will not matter. But why is the press so determined to make the task of protecting ourselves as hard as possible?
I'm still reading Radical Son, and have gotten to the part dealing with how the press and the left protected the thuggier elements of the Black Panthers back in the Seventies. Remember radical chic? There does seem to be a consistent and time-honored concern on the part of the press and the left, dedicated to the protection of terrorists, nihilists, or anyone "underprivileged" or of the third-world who advocates violence--protection from any hint of offense or mistreatment even of the mildest (and most accidental!) sort.