Remember the flap about someone pissing on a Koran at Gitmo? Well, here’s a new one:
An American soldier has been sent home from Iraq after a copy of the Koran was found pocked with bullet holes at a shooting range near Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Sunday.
Such an act of desecration of the Muslim holy book could inflame anger against the U.S. military presence in Iraq. The U.S. military said Iraqi police found the Koran on May 11 at a firing range in Radwaniyah village near Baghdad. Colonel Bill Buckner, a U.S. military spokesman, said the Koran was marked with bullet holes and also had graffiti scrawled inside the cover. It was not immediately clear if the Koran had been used for target practice.
Come on. These guys are at war. From their perspective, Iraqis are the enemy. When you’re angry and frustrated and tired of fear, you find relief in disrespecting your enemy. I mean, don’t send 20-year-olds on three tours of urban combat and expect them to follow the rules.
(Also, how do you scrawl graffiti inside a book…?)