At first I thought these two gentlemen were on opposite sides of a protest – i.e., one Muslim believes that Newsweek is at fault while the other apparently believes that Bush owes an apology. Looking at the font colors and style of both posters, it would appear that these guys are actually think they’re on the same side.
Figuring that the issue is a bit more complex than has sometimes been discussed, perhaps a good discussion can start from this. Newsweek’s reporting may have been flawed in that the writer (famed for his detail-oriented investigative work during the Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky stories) relied on an unnamed source who was incorrect, but does that also mean that no Koran’s have been tossed in toilets?
Reports from people freed from Gitmo indicate that Korans were knocked by soldiers into the buckets used as toilets by inmates. Other information indicates that the Pentagon knew about the story for some 11 days prior to Newsweek article’s publishing date – evidently neither the Pentagon nor Newsweek anticipated that this article would lead to the violent protests that ultimately happened.