The media and the rest of the blogosphere has gone literally nuts over the Newsweek story that claimed that military interrogators, in Guantanamo Bay, flushed a Quran down the toilet. Oh by the way they retracted it because their sources were unreliable, or as we like to refer to them in the real world “made up.” Of course the politicos have been out in droves on this. With one side saying that his is an example of how the media is out to get the administration and the other side saying that this is an example of how the administration is strong arming the media.
Am I the only one that thinks that all this is just nuts?
Why are we fighting internally when we should take a look at the fact that these Muslim extremists are on a hair pin trigger looking for any reason to go apeshit and kill some people, preferably Americans. Look I am the first to say that the main stream media has a long way to go to get my trust back. However, when it is all said and done, Newsweek didn’t go over to Afghanistan and kill those people. They did not start the riots no matter how many times I hear it on TV. Those people were acting out of their own accord and were looking for any excuse to do what they did. Didn’t their mommies ever sit them down and explain to them that sticks and stones could break their bones, but words will never hurt them?
Let’s examine this for a minute shall we?
Here is the scenario:
Someone that you don’t even know tells you that they think that (let me think…… someone that all Americans can get behind on an equal dislike chord, ooh I know ) a Frenchman might have flushed a (insert your favorite religious book here) down the toilet. Do you?
A. Immediately gather your nearest associates and begin to riot in the street, cause havoc and kill people
B. Write a letter to your Congressperson to express the outrage that you feel towards this act, and call for an immediate ban to all things french
C. Start a blog to persecute the French
D. Realize you have better things to worry about, but nonetheless begin to use terms such as “freedom” fries and “freedom” toast instead of “french”
E. Take another swig of your beer, grab another handful of chips and change the channel
If you picked A please leave. You are nuts and we don’t want you here.
I mean come on. Even if it were true, it is just a book, and only a representation of the word of God. It’s not like they flushed the original stone tablets down the toilet.
This, by the way, brings me to another point, even if it was pocket-sized edition it would take some serious focus and determination to flush it down the toilet. Someone would have to rip it apart page by page and then you still have to deal with the cover. Which is why I didn’t believe the story in the first place, but then again I am, or at least consider myself, a rational adult.
I say as Americans we should do what we feel is right way down in our gut. What I feel deep down in my American gut is that all people have inalienable rights which include life, liberty and the pursuit of justice. Now there is something we can all sink our teeth into. Real hopes, real desires, that is what we really should uphold as long as we breathe air.
As long as what we are doing is defending those rights then the way I see it those who like us great and those who don’t can kiss our collective ass.
So stop the schoogirl-like bickering and let’s get back to work.