Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Burning books in Whoville
In the debate around whether or not to punish the soldier who burnt the Qurans some argue that the freedom of speech is a constitutional right. I think those who argue this point have missed a couple of key issues. First of all, although I am not a lawyer I bet that the rights of a soldier in a war zone are not the same as a civilian in peace time USA. Secondly, the United States constitution is not valid in other countries. If for example it were illegal to burn Dr. Seuss books in Whoville then someone visiting Whoville could not claim protection under the constitution of their home country. Right or wrong, Whoville has the right to determine its own laws.