Sunday, May 15, 2005

Without flags or doctrine

A coupla days ago, Newsweek reported that US soldiers at Guantanamo Bay desecrated the quran by flushing it down the toilet.

The islamic community worldwide went furious at the allegations, and some groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan even considered calling for a(nother) holy war against the US.

Now, it appears that Newsweek was wrong, and that the desecration didn't happen.

Two things that struck me by this little story:

1) Is it possible that, due to real fears by top US security officials and due to real holes in US security, that Newsweek was pressured into retracting the story? It isn't too far-fetched. If the militant islamic folks wanted to really screw the US, they could. And flushing a book down the toilet is a good way to piss them off. Maybe Newsweek was forced to retract to try to head off a possible catastrophe waiting to happen.

2) Imagine the reaction within the US if the bible or (and this would be much worse) if the US flag clogged up some toilet somewhere... mass outrage, that's what. Maybe not a holy war, but something close.

I often wonder what the world would be like without flags and "holy" books. It says here that a flag or a religious belief seems to divide more than unite. But hell, what do I know? Nothin', that's what.

Still, I think it'd be cool to flush all the bibles and qurans and torahs and every other religious book down the toilet. Then we could burn all sorts of flags, too. That'd be cool.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

What's your stance on books about flags?

10:35 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Shit, forgot about those.

We should burn 'em, too.

1:28 PM  

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