[Sarwat Husain is the chairwoman of the Council on American Islamic Relations — San Antonio. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.] All this jazz for the Newsweek article about the desecration of the Holy Koran by the guards at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In the Muslim world, demonstrations were taken out in reaction to the article — at least 17 lives were lost. Trying their level best to cool down the anti-American sentiments, Donald Rumsfeld jumped on the blaming wagon calling Newsweek irresponsible while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a statement that she was speaking directly to the Muslims of the world denying any such disrespect to the Koran was sanctioned by the government. She tried to convince the world that nothing like this ever happened or would the United States tolerate this kind of behavior and that the incident will be investigated. Fact of the matter is Newsweek is not the first to report such outrageous behavior by the prison guards. These kinds of reports about the insulting treatment to the Koran as an interrogation technique have been appearing in different media outlets since March 2004.
The news had to reach the foreign shores for this kind of reaction to take place. Since not a word was spoken by the government against these stories until now, it suggests that the White House may not have cared one way or the other if the story is true or false, until they realized the height of anti-American feelings demonstrated in these riots. Perhaps what produced such an outrage in the Muslim world against the United States is not this article alone. There have been many other situations and ways in which constant attacks on Muslims within and outside of the United States have become a pastime in all sectors of American society. Some media outlets, politicians, right-wing clergy and some common Americans would not spare a chance to insult the Muslims worldwide through intentionally falsifying the message of the Koran, calling our beloved prophet Mohammad a pedophile, falsely claiming that Islam teaches terrorism and treats its women inhumanly, to name a few. (MORE)