Islam Rejects Newsweek Retraction

Islam Rejects Newsweek Retraction
Vol: 44 Issue: 17 Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Pakistan dismissed an apology and retraction by the Newsweek magazine as ‘inadequate’ according to Pakistan’s Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

Reuters quoted him in an interview, saying, “The apology and retraction are not enough. They should understand the sentiments of Muslims and think 101 times before publishing news which hurt feelings of Muslims.”

While I am not much for worrying about hurting the feelings of Muslims until they start worrying about mine, I have to agree with the good sheikh at least in part.

Newsweek SHOULD have understood Islamic sentiments and thought 101 times before publishing news which hurts the United States of America.

Qazi Hussain Ahmed, head of a hard-line six-party Islamic alliance in Pakistan, said Newsweek’s retraction was unlikely to cool tempers in the Muslim world.

“Whatever the magazine has done now is under pressure (from the U.S. government),” he said. “It has not denied what it has reported and many people freed from Guantanamo Bay have narrated the same thing.”

A story in Zaman Online noted that, “The White House had earlier requested that the magazine withdraw the story.” To the Islamofacist world, THAT is the only line worth noting. In their world, if the government wants a story spiked, it is spiked. A retraction is meaningless.

“As outrageous as the story was, whether it was true or not, it goes to show that there’s such a culture of permissiveness (in the U.S. military) that after Abu Ghraib, it was entirely believable,” said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C. “There’s no doubt that it was used by extremists for their own purposes,” Zogby said. “But for many people, it was too believable.”

THAT is the key issue here. “For many people, it was too believable.” Including the liberal mainstream media. There is no accusation one could level against the current administration that would be too UNbelievable.

Assessment:

Forgive me if I seem to be beating a dead horse, but the Newsweek story demands more attention. The Omega Letter’s mission is to analyze current events under the light of Bible prophecy.

Scripture says the antichrist is a deceiver who maintains his power through deception and propaganda. Scripture also describes the social decay that paves the way for his unholy government. Both are supremely evident in the Newsweek debacle.

Scripture also makes no reference to any global superpower resembling the United States during the final seven years of human government, either.

Newsweek’s article, and the mainstream media’s gleeful acceptance of it’s veracity, constitute more evidence of the growing danger posed by America’s Red State – Blue State civil war.

Newsweek’s story has damaged the US, handed a propaganda bonanza to our enemies, damaged the national war effort and put US forces in increased danger. It is responsible for sparking the rioting across the Islamic world that has killed at least sixteen people and injured hundreds of others.

Yet, even after it is retracted, die-hard liberals can’t bring themselves to admit that the story isn’t true — doing so would hand some small victory to the Bush administration.

Blue State liberals would rather hand a huge victory to Islam, if it means damaging the administration’s credibility. New York’s ultra-liberal ‘Newsday’ reported Newsweek’s retraction with this opening line;

“With the Bush administration bearing down, Newsweek yesterday retracted its report that U.S. interrogators flushed a Koran down the toilet at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”

Newsday noted only that Newsweek couldn’t ‘verify’ the report, leaving open the impression that the report was true but that pressure from the administration forced the retraction.

Newsday was careful to note; “Newsweek had characterized the issue as an “honest mistake” and suggested that the allegation may still be true.” It quoted Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, who suggested, “The incident with the toilet bowl and the Koran may have occurred, but on the level of whether this story is accurate, what Newsweek published is not.”

The Islamic reaction to Newsweek’s story is also worthy of examination under Bible prophecy’s microscope. Islam claims its descendency from Ishmael, elder son of Abraham. Of Ishmael, God reveals;

“And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Genesis 16:12)

As Dennis Prager asked rhetorically in a Town Hall Commentary column;

“Did any Buddhists riot and murder when the Taliban Muslims blew up the irreplaceable giant Buddhist statues in Afghanistan?

Did any Christians riot and murder when an “artist” produced “Piss Christ” — a crucifix immersed in a jar of the “artist’s” urine? When all Christian services and even the wearing of a cross were banned in Saudi Arabia? When Christians are murdered while at prayer in churches by Muslims in Pakistan?

Have any Jews rioted in all the years since it was revealed that Jordanian Muslims used Jewish tombstones in Old Jerusalem as latrines? Or after Palestinians destroyed Joseph’s Tomb in 2000 and set fire to the rebuilt tomb in 2003?”

Good questions. Prager goes on to observe that, “It is quite remarkable that many Muslims believe that an American interrogator flushing pages of the Koran is worthy of rioting, but all the torture, slaughter, terror and mass murder done by Muslims in the name of the Koran are unworthy of even a peaceful protest.”

In point of fact, a three-page memorandum dated January 19, 2003, outlines the rules for handling the Koran by US interrogators. It says that only Muslim chaplains and Muslim interpreters can handle the holy book, and only after putting on clean gloves in full view of detainees.

The detailed rules require U.S. Muslim personnel to use both hands when touching the Koran to signal “respect and reverence,” and specify that the right hand be the primary one used to manipulate any part of the book “due to cultural associations with the left hand.” The Koran should be treated like a “fragile piece of delicate art,” it says.

Newsweek knew about the memo. Presumably, so too, does Newsday, since it published its defense of Newsweek AFTER the Pentagon released the memo to the mainstream.

The truth is immaterial, particularly if a lie is more damaging to the administration. Even if it hurts the whole country.

” . . . false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” (2nd Timothy 3:3-4)

We can file away the Newsweek report under the heading, ‘Perilous Times’.

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