Outrage and Silence

(New York Times) Thomas L. Friedman - In Afghanistan alone, at least 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in anti-American rioting linked to a now retracted report that U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had desecrated a Koran by throwing it into a toilet. In Iraq, Baathist and jihadist suicide bombers have killed 400 Iraqi Muslims in the past month - most of them Shiite and Kurdish civilians. Yet these mass murders - this desecration and dismemberment of real Muslims by other Muslims - have not prompted a single protest march anywhere in the Muslim world. Many of these jihadist suicide bombers, according to a Washington Post report, are coming from Saudi Arabia. The Bush team needs to be forcefully demanding that Saudi Arabia and other key Arab allies use their media, government, and religious systems to denounce and delegitimize the despicable murder of Muslims by Muslims in Iraq.

2005-05-18 00:00:00

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