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    (See Item A. in the diary.)

    Why didn't those six countries riot on January 21, after the Philadelphia Inquirer published its report of desecration of the Koran?

    Why not?

    And why didn't the rightwing media gang up on the Inquirer on January 21?

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Sun May 15, 2005 at 07:48:02 PM PDT

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    •  One more question (4.00)
      Why did the riots really break out now?
      •  n/t (4.00)
        Gen'l Myers said the Afghan riot broke out because of internal Afghan politics, not the article.

        maybe the clergy flamed the anger.

        it just seems so odd that this one-paragraph story would cause all this when there've been identical reports previously that said the same thing ... and the photographs, and on and on.

        Someone's trying to pull something.  And I think Newsweek was perhaps just the unlucky messenger.  It could have been another publication.  Of course, that it was a perceived liberal pub makes the right go all nuts.

        Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

        by SusanHu on Sun May 15, 2005 at 08:00:21 PM PDT

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        •  Funny thing about Uzbekistan (4.00)
          Timing is incredible, isn't it, that a bunch of folks would riot in two locations at nearly the same time.

          The guesstimated number of Uzbeks killed is at least that of the Russians killed by Chechnyan rebels during the assault on a school in Beslan.

          Did a journalist with Newsweek report anything sensitive about Uzbekistan, in spite of journalists being kicked out of the same?

          Or was this really about something else altogether?

          Like this:

          First, try to rally sentiment against Islam by encouraging anti-American rioting -- yielding increased enlistments and stronger patriotism at home.  Then disrupt Usbekistan for a two-fer: occupy it ostensibly to provide more stability for needed support infrastructure to quell Afghanistan, and annoy the hell out of Putin at the same time by threatening the stability of his not-a-democracy-to-neocons'-eyes.


        •  Myers (none)
          Myers is a spin administrator, his word is meaningless.

          "We cannot let terriers and rogue nations hold this nation hostile. - W, 09/09/00

          by Bob Love on Sun May 15, 2005 at 09:05:38 PM PDT

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      •  n/t (none)
        Personally, I see it as a kind of "last straw." The Muslims I know were livid over Abu Ghraib. Now a year later, with all the death in Iraq, the Guantanamo bay stories coming out, and Bush getting re-elected in spite of Abu Ghraib, they're sorta in muted shock now.

        This desecration story made me furious when I heard it last year. Hearing it again, I don't have the strength to get upset again. It's just a litany of wrongs that Bush and friends have done. Over there, I imagine it's a combination of other things. For example, much of the rioting targeted the Pakistani embassy, because they are seen as collaborators in the whole affair.

    •  Brr! Too cold to riot earlier (4.00)
      I think Mother Nature had a hand in the timing of the riots.  January was to cold to riot in parts of Afghanistan. Better to riot when the weather is nice outside.

      BLAME Mother Nature!

      Not Newsweek or the US troops who descrated the Koran in the first place.  

      & why is the media ignoring the fact that multiple prisoners in different locations repeated these allegations. Are Muslims not credible sources?    

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