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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Accountability for Muslim Riots

In all the uproar over Newsweek's report of the desecrations of the Koran by American troops --Pentagon and White House denunciations of the magazine, Newsweek's retractions -- where is the outrage over the desecrations themselves: part and parcel of ongoing abuse at Gitmo, Abu Ghraib and other American-run prisons around the globe? The world's Muslims have been provoked to deadly violence by the actions of American troops with weapons, led by Commander-in-Chief Bush, not American reporters wielding pens and following stories. The rioters are not protesting Michael Isikoff; they are infuriated by American violence directed against their people and their culture. When are Americans going to hold the Bush Administration accountable for the justified outrage of the world's Muslims? The military's actions are wrong, not the fact that we now know about them.

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