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Reader comment on item: Amazon.com's Koran Desecration Problem

Submitted by James Derry (United States), May 20, 2005 at 11:49

Are the demands of Muslims for amazon.com to do so much unreasonable? yes.

is it just a coincidence that the incident follows the gitmo story? Not necessarily. It's easy to believe the desecrations took place as reported, but that the muslims didn't speak out, or speak out in wider public circles than their usual ones, until the Newsweek story broke.

interesting, too, how pipes describes the quran-abuse-in-gitmo story as old news, when the international red cross is reporting that it voiced its concerns about abuses of the quran in gitmo to military officials, then, if i've got my facts straight, noted a curtailing of such abuse, all of which lends credence to the observation that the abuses were real. As pointed out by a Newsweek editor, pentagon officials who read the Newsweek article before it went into print objected about the accuracy of other parts of the story, but not that part; and that objections weren't raised at all until the riots had broken out.

If Islam is to adapt to america, non-Muslim Americans (of which i am one) can at least strive to uphold the american ideal of showing -- if not respect, then -- tolerance for islam, which at a minimum would be not desecrating the quran, just as one should not desecrate the torah or bible.

And as a veteran of the US Cavalry and Texas national guard, i do expect more from my fellow warriors and their chain of command.

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