Cultural Revolutions

The Exterminator

As John McCain and Lindsey Graham hector us to invade the Middle East once more, we might pause to reflect on a 2001 article published by Zev Chafets, an American-Israeli journalist who is currently the Likud Party’s unofficial spokesman.  (Chafets, as you may know, is the author of  A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, and One Man’s Exploration of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance and the fawning Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One.  He’s also an especially smarmy FOX News contributor.)  In the days following the September 11 attacks, Chafets used his column in the New York Daily News to instruct his readers on what had to be done: “America’s first concern can’t be chasing after Bin Laden or invading Afghanistan.  Before that, it must disarm Axis countries that are on the verge of gaining unconventional weapons.  That means Iran, Iraq, Syria and whatever others are found to be getting close. . . . The U.S. must invade these countries (if there is time), dismantle their unlatched governments, disperse their armies and seize their arsenals.  Think of it as the German model.  If . . . one or more of the Axis regimes seems [sic]capable of attacking with nukes or germs before U.S. forces get there, these regimes and their infrastructure, arsenals and leadership will have to be destroyed by whatever means...

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