This whole Koran flushing incident has, as one of my commenters noted, become nothing more than a Rorschach Test.
If you, as I do, believe that allegations of Koran flushing are entirely plausible and not just bug-eyed speculation by a Bush-hating and military-hating media, I would tend to agree with you. Given the evidence of confirmed torture, confirmed other religous abuses, the reports from detainees, the FBI, some military personnel, some former detainees, the International Red Cross, the ACLU, and Amnesty International, even when you know that the detainees have a reason to lie, I do not think you are being unreasonable, anti-military, anti-administration, or foolish.
There is, however, no way for both sides of this issue to come together if these are the standards of evidence:
Abu Ghraib happened because poorly-trained, unethical soldiers were allowed to supervise prisoners without proper supervision themselves. Gitmo is used to detain suspects with information the government deems important to the war effort, meaning it is under Washington’s eye.
Sorry. Until the press can magic up a document authorizing Koran defacement as an interrogation technique, or pictures surface, or maybe we get a named source, I’m not buying it.
If we can be subjected to pictures from Abu Ghraib or Saddam Hussein doing laundry in his tighty-whities, we can get a picture of Gitmo abuse.
If those are the rules of evidence, and everything else is to fall under a ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ blanket, we are simply an at impasse. I might add, that by these standards, Abu Ghraib only happened because there were pictures.
At any rate, I am done on this subject. People believe what they want to believe, and this isn’t about press bias anymore in my eyes. This is about subjugating the media to nothing more than a propaganda organ of the government.