Where Is The Outrage Over “Burn A Koran” Stunt?

It’s been a while since I’ve said it, but it always seems worth it to repeat: Steve Benen is rarely wrong.

In a post today on Terry Jones, the wack-job pastor from Florida who has rocketed to attention with his asinine “Burn a Koran Day” stunt, Steve points out that there’s a strange silence coming from the Right on the matter. With no less a figure than Saint David Petraeus stating in no uncertain terms that the farce is misguided and dangerous for American troops, you would think that at least some of the blowhards that make up the “intellectual” wing of the Republican party would agree. However, we hear crickets.

Contrast that to how anti-war protesters were treated during the Bush years. Every time someone pointed out what a bad idea it was to invade Iraq, the Right couldn’t condemn them as traitors fast enough. It is un-American to question our leaders in a time of war, they proclaimed. Those of us on the left that dared to voice our opinion (a pastime as American as it is necessary)  were told that we were aiding the enemy. Never mind that it was all fear-mongering and we were proven right in the end: Iraq was a mistake so enormous that we may never regain our standing in the world. Regardless, simply voicing dissent was grounds for treason in those days. Remember the “free speech zones” that kept Bush and his cronies well insulated form public opinion? That’s how they thought of us, no better than mutinous dogs, to be gated up far away from our Dear Leader, lest we bring the country harm with our wish for peace.

American Taliban preacher Terry Jones, on the other hand, is a real threat. His antics will likely cause a conflagration that will make the uproar over the Muhammad cartoons in the Netherlands look like a tea party. Again, don’t take my word for it. Ask General Petraeus. Or ask  NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who pressed his case ahead of a meeting with Obama, who has also condemned the event. The fact is, this wingnut’s hateful actions really are dangerous to American troops. More so than over a million anti-war protesters ever could be. Where are the condemnations from the Right? Where are the calls for treason proceedings? What about not dissenting during wartime? That’s what I thought, nada.

And, lest any of these hypocritical blowhards come out with the First Amendment defense: isn’t that your whole argument against the Park51 community center in Manhattan? That they can do it but that doesn’t mean they should? Though I disagree with the anti-Muslim furor over Park51, it seems the advice is pretty apt in this case. I won’t hold my breath waiting for Beck, Limbaugh or Hannity or any of the other propagandists to decry this fundamentalist fuck-nut: I might die, either from lack of oxygen or the cognitive dissonance making my brain explode.


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