Saturday, October 30, 2004

Another one for the law of unintended consequences

Over on Stephen Denney's blog, Liberal Values, he has posted a great article about the banning of a book in the US by an Iranian human rights activist: Ms. Ebadi has been imprisoned for her human rights work in Iran. She could not publish the book she wants to write in Iran, but the OFAC regulations also prevent anyone from publishing it in the United States. As long as the regulations stand, the book will not come into being.

This is precisely what is wrong with censorship. It affects even those who are not the intended targets. I can't imagine that it wouldn't be good to have a book published by a critic of a country that we have identified as part of the "axis of evil."