Crack me up !

In case you missed this... (his column or the GOP debate) What folks
on the other side of the aisle are saying - just to keep things in perspective.

A debate goes nuclear
By Derrick Z. Jackson, Globe Columnist | June 6, 2007

ON THE SEVENTH day, the Lord said, "Nuke 'em!"

In the Republican debate last night, Duncan Hunter, Rudy Giuliani, Jim
Gilmore, and Mitt Romney all said that a nuclear strike against Iran is
on the table. Romney, Gilmore, and John McCain talked about reviving
nuclear power to deal with energy independence. McCain said, "Nuclear
power is safe. Nuclear power is green, does not emit greenhouse gases."
There you have it from the Christian soldiers of the Republican Party,
most of whom professed their faith, with McCain underscoring the piety
by saying the United States is in a transcendent struggle of good and
evil, with the evil of course being "radical Islam." Romney said, "We're
going to have to have a strong military and an effort to combine with
our allies in such a way, we combine for an effort to help move Islam
toward modernity."

Never mind that our good Christian commander in chief bombed innocent
Muslims back into a primitive civil war. These candidates still think
they are the ones to move Islam toward modernity. No wonder some Muslims
think we're on a crusade.

Never mind also that nuclear power remains a radioactive political
issue, as waste issues are nowhere close to being solved. As states like
Texas consider new reactors, anti-nuclear activist Tom "Smitty" Smith
told the Dallas Morning News this week, "When you're looking at coal
plants vs. nukes, it's sort of like quitting cigarettes and taking up

Yet Republicans keep Americans addicted to the political crack of might
equals right.

Giuliani said, "It's unthinkable that you would leave Saddam Hussein in
charge of Iraq and be able to fight the war on terror," even though
Saddam was not linked to 9/11 or Al Qaeda and did not have weapons of
mass destruction. With nuclear statements like that, I doubt a lot of
Muslims see these particular Christians as the ones to move them into

Derrick Z. Jackson's e-mail address is jackson@globe.com.

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