I’m trying really hard to get upset that the interim Iraqi government banned al-Arabiya after the network broadcast a tape purportedly made by Saddam Hussein in which he urged that Iraqis working with the interim government should be killed.

Really, really, really hard.

And I just can’t do it.

Called into question the future of a free press“?! What planet are these people living on?

Lincoln would have shut al-Arabiya down in a minute. He knew the difference between the degree of civil liberty approprite to a functioning republic and the degree of civil liberty consistent with winning a civil war.

Update Yeah, I know this has me agreeing with Glenn Reynolds . So sue me.

[Update, displaying additional historical erudition and engaging a different American icon on my side of the argument, here.]

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: