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Monday, April 4, 2011

Update

Terry Jones issues a statement on ChristianNewsWire concerning the riots, claiming that "we should hold Islam accountable." He comments under the name "Dr. Terry Jones." Doctor of what? I have no idea. The Wikipedia entry on the Dover World Outreach Center says that "Jones received no academic degree in theology but was given an honorary degree from the unaccredited California Graduate School of Theology in 1983, which now seeks to disassociate itself from him."

Lindsey Graham gives an interview with the National Review Online basically saying that he's not actually that fond of this whole "freedom of speech" thing, and he regrets that it doesn't allow us to hold people accountable for what they say.

Gretchen starts to wonder if Jones and Graham get their notions of accountability from the same place, and if so how to keep hers away from it.

ETA: Also, Glenn Greenwald socks Graham and Reid but good, noting that
there is an extreme irony in Harry Reid and Lindsey Graham, of all people, suddenly worrying about actions that trigger anger and violence in the Muslim world. These two Senators, after all, have supported virtually every one of America's actions which have triggered vastly more anti-American anger, vengeance and violence in the Muslim world than anything Pastor Jones could dream of spawning -- from the attack on Iraq to the decade-long occupation of Afghanistan to blind support for Israel to the ongoing camp at Guantanamo. To support his demand for Congressional action against Pastor Jones, Graham has the audacity to cite Gen. Petraeus, who condemned the Koran burning on the ground that it would endanger American troops: "General Petreaus understand better than anybody else in America what happens when something like this is done in our country and he was right to condemn it." 
But here's something else Gen. Petraeus said about what triggers violence against Americans and helps the Enemy:
Closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay would purge the U.S. of a symbol used by enemies to divide the nation, the head of the U.S. Central Command said Friday. Army Gen. David Petraeus said the U.S. military is "beat around the head and shoulders" with images of detainees held in Guantanamo.
On a previous occasion, Gen. Petraeus said: "Gitmo has caused us problems, there's no question about it. I oversee a region in which the existence of Gitmo has indeed been used by the enemy against us." 
By publicly demanding that Guantanamo detainees not be tried in the U.S., Reid played a major role in preventing closure of that camp, while Graham has been a leading advocate of the indefenite detention regime that made the camp so controversial and which itself spawns substantial anti-American violence in Afghanistan. Reid and Graham both voted for the attack on Iraq. Reid and Graham continue to be outspoken supporters of the war in Afghanistan. Both Senators are blind supporters of Israel, including its most heinous acts. If they're looking for targets to punish whose ideas have triggered violence and anti-American rage in the Muslim world, they should look in the mirror.

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