One angle that hasn’t come up in relation to the Koran misuse hullabaloo (at least as far as I can tell) has occurred to me. And I think (with all due modesty) that it could settle the matter conclusively.
These Korans that are being allegedly flushed down the toilet (and, personally, I could use one of that power) — whose are they, anyway? From what I’ve heard, they have been provided to the detainees by the U.S. government.
Let’s think about that for a moment. These Korans are not the property of the detainees; they have simply been given access to them as a courtesy. They have been bought and paid for by the United States government, and remain the property of the U.S.
With that, it becomes a very simple matter. The U.S. (through its representatives) can treat their property in any way they wish. If they wish to let detainees have access to those Korans, that’s fine. If they wish to take them back, that’s also fine, too. And if they end up going down a toilet (an utterly absurd notion, based solely on the physics and hydrodynamics of the situation), that’s fine as well.
If these were the personal Korans of the detainees, that’d be another thing. But they’re not — they’re ours. And when these detainees abuse those Korans (reports of which vastly outnumber the reports of guards and interrogators doing so), then they ought to be taken away and not replaced.
If other Moslems wish to send their own Korans to the detainees, that’s fine with me. And once they’ve been inspected for secret messages, drugs, weapons, or other illicit elements, I’d be delighted to see them get in their hands. Until then, nobody but the United States taxpayers has any cause for complaint about how a couple books are treated.