Riverbend on Newsweek

"We've been watching the protests about the Newsweek article with interest," writes the "girl blogger" from Baghdad. "Now Newsweek have retracted the story--obviously under pressure from the White House... At the end of the day, it's not about words or holy books or pork or dogs or any of that. It's about what these things symbolize on a personal level. It is infuriating to see objects that we hold sacred degraded and debased by foreigners who felt the need to travel thousands of kilometers to do this...By doing such things, this war is taken to another level--it is no longer a war against terror or terrorists--it is, quite simply, a war against Islam and even secular Muslims are being forced to take sides." MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is calling for the resignation of White House spokesman Scott McClellan who is attempting to pin the violence on Newsweek. Video here. (Baghdad Burning/video via Crooks and Liars)

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