Sunday, May 15, 2005

You can do anything but stay off of my Blue Suede Koran

I was blog bouncing, following stories about the fake but innacurate report from Newsweek on the Koran flushing incident, starting at Little Green Footballs then checking out Michelle Malkin; linked from her to USS Neverdock and from there, linked to The Beleaguered Christians of the Palestinian-Controlled Areas, by David Raab. It's a lengthy but enlightening and valuable article. Remember the siege of the Church of the Nativity? According to the article:
When the siege finally ended, the PA soldiers left the church in terrible condition:

The Palestinian gunmen holed up in the Church of the Nativity seized church stockpiles of food and "ate like greedy monsters" until the food ran out, while more than 150 civilians went hungry. They also guzzled beer, wine, and Johnnie Walker scotch that they found in priests' quarters, undeterred by the Islamic ban on drinking alcohol. The indulgence lasted for about two weeks into the 39-day siege, when the food and drink ran out, according to an account by four Greek Orthodox priests who were trapped inside for the entire ordeal....
The Orthodox priests and a number of civilians have said the gunmen created a regime of fear.
Even in the Roman Catholic areas of the complex there was evidence of disregard for religious norms. Catholic priests said that some Bibles were torn up for toilet paper, and many valuable sacramental objects were removed. "Palestinians took candelabra, icons and anything that looked like gold," said a Franciscan, the Rev. Nicholas Marquez from Mexico.

Should we be surprised? We know there's a double standard when it comes to Islamic desecration of Jewish and Christian holy sites. And even when it comes to slaughtering innocents, how much outrage is expressed when a busload of Israelis is killed by a homicide bomber, compared to the outrage over this non-crime against Islam?

Also, as Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs reminds us, Newsweek is ready to take the word of a lying jihadi, but doubts the veracity of our own army spokesmen.

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