Lindsey Graham on Koran-burning: “Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war”

posted at 4:00 pm on April 3, 2011 by Allahpundit

Skip ahead to 2:05, bearing in mind that this guy might have ended up as Attorney General under President McCain. A few minutes earlier, Harry Reid told Schieffer that Congress will “take a look” at Jones’s act and the ensuing “protests” in Afghanistan, so at a minimum there’ll probably be some sort of congressional resolution of disapproval. Maybe hearings too: Reid wouldn’t commit to that, but he didn’t rule it out. As for Graham, “I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable,” he laments, clearly deflated by the thought that the First Amendment applies even while we’re “at war.” And if you’re not sure what he means by “at war” — well, I’m not either. Are we “at war” only if troops are in the field? No Koran-burning, in other words, until the last U.S. serviceman has left Iraq and Afghanistan (and Libya)? Or are we “at war” as long as Al Qaeda and other anti-American jihadist movements exist, ready and willing to demagogue acts like Jones’s for their own uses? Even if all Islamist outfits in the world were eliminated, wouldn’t Graham want to continue the ban on Koran-burning lest it inspire new jihadist outfits to spring up? There’s no limiting principle to this idea, realistically. It’d end up being his own version of an “emergency law.”

Ironically, though, the more attention Congress devotes to this, the worse they’ll make it. If Reid and Graham were stupid enough to hold hearings (which they almost certainly aren’t), it’d be a galactic clusterfark — a spotlight for Jones, a red alert for civil libertarians, and an offense to a public that’s tired of double standards for religious insults. If nothing else good comes from this incident, though, it’s at least been useful as a window into the mindset of our trusted “ally” Hamid Karzai, who did his level best to earn brownie points with the fanatics among his constituents by demagoging this to the hilt. As voters get set for another debate this summer about whether we should draw down in Afghanistan, make sure that isn’t forgotten.


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But a crucifix in urine is okay?

steveracer on April 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Maybe we can float a koran in urine and see if the MoMA will feature it as “art”

clnurnberg on April 4, 2011 at 4:47 PM

You interested in seeing the pluperfect response to (a) Graham and (b) Moslems?

Check this out.

WTWT, and don’t miss the last two minutes of the second one. That’s what I’m talkin about.

warbaby on April 4, 2011 at 5:13 PM

We expect to primary this nutcase and run his bill up. If we get lucky he might not make it in the primary and we will open the money tap even more for a good conservative candidate.
Alvin Green will not do,sorry.

Col.John Wm. Reed on April 4, 2011 at 5:30 PM

warbaby on April 4, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Beautifully said!

clnurnberg on April 4, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Way to go idiot. Make life more difficult for my fellow soldiers in Afghanistan.

Shock the Monkey on April 4, 2011 at 10:39 PM

How is burning a Koran or anything else a matter of speech, let alone freedom of speech, let alone constitutionally protected freedom of speech? B1tches, beware: I think “burning = speech” approaches being the stup1dest, laziest cliche in American politics. If you try to make the case and you do it clumsily, I will do my best to rip your argument to shreds, and I may not spare your feelings in the process. Unless you think you know exactly what you’re doing, just raise the white flag right now and admit: Burning is not speech.

Kralizec on April 5, 2011 at 12:49 AM

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