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April 02, 2004

Bloodthirsty conservatives

Being of generally right-of-center opinion, I tend to take personally some of the right’s insanities, the worst of which are its fantasies of using military force on civilians. Last night a caller on KVI-AM (Tony Snow show) suggested that the United States drop a nuclear bomb on Falljuah, the town in Iraq where a mob mutilated the bodies of four American civilians.

This is “an eye for an eye” at a ratio of what--10,000 to one?

Snow did not endorse it, but he didn’t stuff this guy’s suggestion back down his throat, either.

Other suggestions have been made in signed articles. Tammy Bruce, a commentator for David Horowitz’s web page suggested that Fallujah be “razed.”

Referring to the burning of cities in World War II, this woman says, “There was a reason why we bombed Dresden into oblivion. There was a reason why Berlin was not saved. There was a reason why two atomic bombs had to be dropped on Japan after Hiroshima: they still refused to surrender unconditionally. Beasts of violence and destruction understand one thing: destruction.”

(It wasn't the people in Dresden who were unwilling to surrender. It was Hitler.)

A blogger at National Review (John Derbyshire) suggested that the occupation government cut off “essential services like water, electricity, and sewerage” in Fallujah “until the bombers are handed over.”

Building democracy, are we?

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at April 2, 2004 11:19 AM



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