has been building for some time. If you follow hate-filled sites such as Free Republic, you know that the populist right in this country has been advocating nuclear holocaust and mass bloodshed for more than a year now. The militarism and nationalism dwarfs anything I saw at any point during the Cold War. It celebrates the shedding of blood, and exhibits a maniacal love of the state. The new ideology of the red-state bourgeoisie seems to actually believe that the US is God marching on earth – not just godlike, but really serving as a proxy for God himself.
But you don't need to read the rabble over at Free Republic to see the spirit of Jacobinism at work. Just read some of the more prominent conservative columnists.
For example, here is Christian columnist Cal Thomas defending the use of "tactical" nuclear weapons:
President Bush should consider emulating his predecessor, Harry Truman, and employ the use of at least tactical nuclear weapons against the Taliban should it be concluded that such a weapon might produce better results than the current bombing campaign. If this is war, why pull any punches?
Perhaps nothing short of nuclear weapons will deter for another generation the enemies of freedom. Like the fanatical Japanese of Truman's day, the fanatical Taliban will not be dissuaded from murdering as many Americans as they can. This is not a time for diplomatic or political niceties. It is a time to wipe them out before they wipe any more of us out.
That's the kind of fanaticism the United States faces in Afghanistan and in countries like Iraq. If we show them that our sword is bigger than theirs and, more importantly, that we will not shrink from using it to defend our people and our values, the likelihood we will have to do so again in the near future will be diminished.
Next, consider Judeochristian poohbah Joseph Farah. Farah argued for the razing of Fallujah
It's time to take off the velvet gloves.
It's time to stop being Mr. Nice Guy.
It's time to cease worrying about collateral damage.
It's time to show all Iraqis and their brothers and sisters throughout the Middle East that it doesn't pay to mess with Americans. They need to see there is no profit in it. They need to understand we mean business. They need to accept things will never be the same in Iraq. They need to feel the heat. They need to be provided with visible disincentives to further attacks on Americans, free Iraqis and other coalition partners.
Sometimes the most merciful course of action seems like the harshest.
Fallujah needs to feel some pain. If this operation is carried out well – and with finality – it can save many more Iraqis, Americans and others from future pain.
Farah was also dismissive of wusses complaining about "torture" at Abu Gharib:
I was never too upset about the pictures I saw of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. I haven't lost a minute of sleep about the so-called abuses there. I've seen worse examples of "torture" in university fraternity hazing practices.
Farah says that to really consider all of the ethical ins-and-outs of torture, we ought to check out the Denzel Washington flick "Man on Fire." Is this a man who should be taken seriously?
As I recall, Farah was Rush Limbaugh's ghost-writer. So I'm not too surprised to see the thrice divorced pill-popper parroting Farah's tough-guy rhetoric. Limbaugh used the "Animal House" analogy, too:
This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation, and we're going to ruin people's lives over it, and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You [ever] heard of need to blow some steam off?
Then, of course, there is the noxious Ann Coulter. Writing about the need to destroy Fallujah, Coulter wrote:
I thought we were wasting way too much time on that. This is a war, let’s go in and win it. Just take the city! I think if it got to the point where it was going on for six, seven years, and it was just Americans patrolling without killing anyone—I’m getting a little fed up with hearing about, oh, civilian casualties. I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning.
Right after September 11th, Coulter provided an interesting take on the Great Commission. Speaking of Islamic countries, Coulter says, "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war."
So the conservative movement has been reduced to killing and torturing civilians--or at least coercing them into Christianity.