You know, this is after all a Fourth of July weekend. We’re celebrating freedom — not just for Americans but the ideal of freedom. And, right now, people in Arab world, including Syria, are fighting for their freedom. And Iran is doing everything it can, not only to suppress this freedom fighter uprising in Syria, but, of course, they have murdered and suppressed their own people in Iran.
So, I would say that a day of reckoning is coming for this extremist regime in Iran when the majority of Iranians who really yearn for freedom see that dream come true. And I hope we’ll do everything we can to make it happen as soon as possible.
Curiously, no mention of the Palestinians and their struggles for “freedom,” or the Saudi Arabians, or any other people who happen to be living under autocratic regimes that haven’t (yet) fallen out of favor with the warlords in D.C. Spreading freedom’s a tricky business, I guess. They’ll have to wait their turn.
Along with Herr Lieberman plumping for war with just about every country in the middle east, there was the always-reliable warmonger Lindsey Graham, fretting about whether Obama’s announced withdrawal of 30,000 troops from Afghanistan would undermine the “phenomenal progress” made so far in paying unemployed men to join the army and police forces.
Apparently, in addition to hot dogs on the grill and fireworks and little American flags, the 4th of July also means cheap political hacks peddling hollow slogans on TV.
…therefore, we should curtail some of those freedoms.
The Koran-burning stunt by that Florida preacher elicited two entirely predictable responses: 1) Angry Muslims rioting in the streets, and 2) US politicians calling for the curtailment of some of our allegedly Constitutionally protected freedoms. Of the latter, we have the Senate’s Junior Maverick, fighting for truth and justice and war without end:
In Afghanistan, at least for now, the deadly violence appears to have abated. But in this country, Jones’ actions have raised questions about what constitutes responsible free speech. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on CBS Sunday Morning that that’s an issue he plans to take up in Congress.
“I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable,” he said. “Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war. During World War II, you had limits on what you could say if it would inspire the enemy.”
Here’s another idea. If you’re so concerned about people being killed by pointless violence in Afghanistan, Lindsey, you could take up the issue of the ongoing criminal occupation of that country in Congress and vote to get the fuck out. But no, that’s clearly not an option. That would mean the terrists would win, and we can’t have that. Better to put limits on some of the few remaining freedoms we the inhabitants of the Homeland are still allowed.
I think Lindsey and his neocon cohorts in Congress should get together and have themselves a little barbecue, too. Maybe throw a copy of the Constitution, which they’re so laughably sworn to defend, on the grill.