Koran-flushing and Pakistan

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Patricia Lee Sharpe has some crucial backdrop to the Newsweek-Koran flushing-rioting fiasco that’s well worth reading. Islamic parties in Pakistan, it seems, are employing so-called “Blasphemy Laws” and whipping up violence for their own political gain. They’re the primary culprits here. On the other hand, the mistreatment of detainees in Guantanamo and elsewhere has long been playing right into the hands of these demagogues, and weakening the ability of Pakistani President Perez Musharraf to oppose them. Read the post in full.

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