Posted by Shahina Bashir
Source/Credit: Huffington Post: By Faheem Younus
Sen. Mitch McConnell is guilty on both counts: What he believed to be news was a joke, and what he missed was the real news.
It started on Nov. 12, when on The Duffle Blog, America’s John Stewart for the fake and funny military news made an Onion-style joke that the Obama administration was preparing to give the same GI Bill benefits, offered to American veterans, to Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
One of Sen. McConnell’s constituents took the joke literally. As a result, Sen. McConnell’s office issued a letter seeking an official response from the U.S Department of Defense. On Feb. 19, Wired.com unveiled the spoof.
So even a suggestion of equal benefits for prisoners of war is now either a joke, according to The Duffle Blog, or an affront, according to Sen. McConnell.
But in Islam, the idea of equal benefits for the prisoners of war is not a joke — it’s a reality and a legacy.