"but we're in a war" might be a mollifying modifier if there were any prospect of someday not being in a war, or if Reid and Graham weren't hawkish jerks who'd like to keep us in a perennial state of combat.
Greenwald also tellingly points out that if you want to find a really potent symbol for American tyranny, don't look to some small time preacher burning books in Florida…look a little further south, to Guantanamo Bay. But I suppose Reid and Graham would just argue that Gitmo is necessary "because we're in a war."
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We have much in common with them. Not the least of which is that the story we tell about our civilization is largely fictional.
But we're in a war--so let's surrender our rights as soon as possible.
It's sad that that moron can light a book on fire and set a chain of events into motion that causes innocent people to lose their lives half a world away.
@Legion: That's what I fear.
Yeah. It's just dumb.