It seems to me that the right of the people to peacably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances is a right that Americans are being called upon to bleed and die for at a moment's notice, a right that Americans are ostensibly bleeding and dying at this moment to guarantee to the citizens of Iraq, and yet at the same time a right that cannot be exercised. In summary, "We fought, suffered, and died to give you freedom of speech. Now shut the fuck up."
(Also, Whiskey Bar draws an interesting contrast between the AL's recent announcement, and a letter the AL wrote to President Clinton in 1999 re: the Yugoslavian war--which, as you may or may not remember, was another war fought on the platform of "we must bring peace and stability to oppressed people."
I really do want to support people who have given their all to defend the United States. But things like this make it so very difficult sometimes.