Monday, June 06, 2005

Mining the News

I've learned how to hunt for my daily news reports.

The U.S. Dept. of Defense website today records some refreshingly common sense questions and comments by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, to reporters in Malaysia today.

Contrasting Newsweek's alleged abuse of the Koran with the actions of the terrorists, Myers asked "What does the enemy do on a daily basis? And what does the press report about the enemy? On a daily basis in Iraq, what the enemy does is kill innocent men, women and children."

Also noted in the same DoD article:

Myers noted that Jordanian-born violent extremist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said that he would kill innocents to try to spark a civil war between Sunnis and Shiias. Extremists under his direction have launched some of the bloodiest attacks in Iraq. Zarqawi and his henchmen have chopped off their victims' heads and put the murders on the Internet for the world to see.

"That's abhorrent behavior," he said. "That's what the press ought to be focused on -- not a couple of incidents where an overzealous guard or interrogator abused a Koran."

Myers said that even in the few cases where Koran abuse is found, America will investigate and punish those found responsible under the rule of law.

I don't doubt that those responsible for any mistreatment of the Koran will indeed be dealt with in accordance with U.S. military rules. I'm also confident that any consequences meted out for such conduct unbecoming to our military will merit short shrift from MSM.

Chairman Myers had much more to say regarding Guantanamo Detention Facility. I would have liked to read his statements in the newspaper, or heard them on the evening news. Of course, that won't happen--at least, not anytime soon. But if I can find such intelligent news online, I can link other readers to it.

So much the better.