Nukes to prevent nukes

A People’s History of the United States author Howard Zinn argues in April’s The Progressive that the press and people of the U.S. will keep being misled into wars unless we look to history. “I am not speaking of the history we learned in school,” he says, “a history subservient to our political leaders, from the much-admired Founding Fathers to the Presidents of recent years. I mean a history which is honest about the past.”

Meanwhile, Seymour Hersh reports that the Bush administration, which apparently has not noticed the president’s 35% Iraq approval rating, is planning an attack — possibly a nuclear one — on Iran.

Using nuclear weapons against Iran would prevent the country from developing nuclear weapons, you see. Also, “a sustained bombing campaign … will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government.” Because dropping bombs on a country always motivates the populace to rebel against their own government and embrace the bombers.

Too bad Joseph Heller isn’t alive to write a book about this.


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