KOSHER DELIGHT - YOUR JEWISH ONLINE MAGAZINE!
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17 ביוני, 2005
know the well-known fairy tale
about a shepherd boy who cried wolf because he was bored while watching
the sheep? What's the lesson behind the story and its not-so- happy
ending? Someone who makes it a habit to lie is not believed. The
consequence for those who ‘cry wolf' is that even when there's a real
'wolf' they are not believed.
shepherd-crying-wolf story comes from the al Qaeda camp. While
searching an al Qaeda cell in England, the British police found a
handbook with instructions to operatives what to do if they get
caught by the police.
of the instructions in the
handbook is that every commander must train his recruits that no matter
what the circumstances, when an operative is caught and stands before
the judge he should say he was abused in prison.
little tidbit sheds a new light
on all the stories of al Qaeda prisoner abuse in Guantanamo Bay and
Afghanistan. The stories of alleged abuse of Muslim prisoners and their
religious artifacts are many and varied. The most notable accusation of
prison abuse, with the worst consequences, was that of the Koran being
flushed down the toilet by guards at the Guantanamo base prison. That
charge, which was told to a Newsweek reporter by a detainee who did not
see the event, cost lives in Afghanistan, when a riot was sparked
by the news report. According to Guy Taylor of the Washington Times, it
was true, there was an attempt to flush a Koran down the toilet - by
a Muslim detainee.
Newsweek story sparked off an
intensive investigation of abuse within the Muslim prison population
being detained on charges of terrorism. And yes, they found 20 acts of
abuse involving the Koran in the Guantanamo Bay prison - of which 15
were perpetrated by the detainees themselves. According to Larry Di
Rita, spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, some detainees
are expert at riling up the whole prison population, by making
allegations about abuse - particularly of religious objects.
and a tad concerned by all these
allegations of abuse of religious objects - particularly the Koran - I
wondered how all these Korans are getting into the prison system
altogether. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the American
army gives them out - in fact they issued more than 1,600 Korans in 13
different languages! Do you think a nation that respects religion and
makes sure that their prisoners religious needs are met, can seriously
be accused of such gross misconduct with religious articles?
detainees have hurt themselves
with their false accusations. Their accusations have caused the world
spotlight to be focused on our treatment of detainees to find the
minutest abuse - real or imagined. This prompted Amnesty International
to compare Guantanamo Bay to the Russian Gulag. No prison system -
including that of the USA itself - is perfect, but these unwarranted and
false accusations had nothing to do with the prison system; they were
intended to manipulate world opinion against the USA which has the best
record in history on humanitarian issues.
I don't think the terrorists were smart in instructing their operatives
to cry wolf over prison abuses. After hearing this story, each and every
one of us has to ask themselves a question: if the terrorists are
lying about something as serious as prison abuse to achieve their aims,
what else are they lying about?
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