Saturday, June 04, 2005

"Military Details Koran Incidents at Base in Cuba"

And the Times tells us all...
The investigation into allegations that the Koran had been mishandled also found that in one instance detainees' Korans were wet because guards on the night shift had thrown water balloons on the cellblock.

In another case, a two-word obscenity was written in English on the inside cover of a Koran, but investigators could not determine whether a guard or detainee had written it...
All I have to say about this ever-ongoing story is that during World War II my father was in Patton's army -- the Battle of the Bulge and all that -- and at one point had the job of guarding German prisoners.

As he relates it, those Germans' sensibilities were violated by a good deal more than the consequences of water balloons and the occasional two-word obscenity. Yet the fact never made it as news in the U.S. press. I guess our society has come a long way.