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“We shall beat our plowshares into swords”

Posted by schroeder915 on November 30, 2006

Are these the words a true “conservative” would speak? A Christian, or a false prophet?

I flipped radio stations to WIST tonight to hear Michael Savage twisting the prophecy of Isaiah to convince his listeners that if we Americans don’t fight in Iraq, somehow the United States will be overrun with radical Muslims who will cut off our heads if we don’t convert to Islam.

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Really? Are we really so weak to think that the only way out of the mess Bush got us into is to keep on killing Muslims in Iraq?

It’s another one of those strawman arguments which self-proclaimed “conservatives” make when they have nothing else of substance to defend what American voters have overwhelmingly decided is a bad war.

Nobody is saying the United States shouldn’t defend itself from legitimate threats, but Iraq isn’t a legitimate threat to Americans. George W. Bush and his incompetent cabal of neocon war profiteers turned a nation of oppressed people into a breeding ground for terrorists. That won’t stop until American troops get out of Iraq. There is absolutely no way for the United States to kill every last insurgent and terrorist. Attempting to do so will only breed greater animosity throughout the Muslim world, turning more moderates into extremists. Everyone agrees that what has been done in the name of Islam by extremists — like beheadings — is deplorable. But becoming inhumane like them isn’t the answer.

Far better it would be to spend our treasure on safeguarding Americans from the rare possibility that a terrorist would try to attack inside our borders with a plane, or a bomb in a port, or with a sniper’s rifle … or … maybe actually catching Osama bin Laden and the rest of his henchmen who really did plot the 9/11 attacks. Those are the truly difficult challenges which the Bush administration has miserably failed to address.

Far more dangerous a threat to our democracy, and to Americans who risk their lives by signing up to defend our nation from real enemies, are “conservative” radio zealots like Michael Savage who use the public airwaves to whip up a frenzy of fear and hatred. It’s people like Savage who have turned the radio spectrum into an ideological, partisan, hate-filled, toxic wasteland.

For the sake of our democracy, we can’t allow ignorant reactionaries like Savage to have access to such a powerful forum for their hatred.

When his only listed advertisers are himself, a Web site hosting company, and an online right-wing merchandise store, one wonders why a station like WIST would stoop to carrying Savage’s show.

What comes to mind examining the way he portrays himself on his Web site?

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I see a grisly old man who hides his self-loathing by wrapping himself in the flag.

Consider his credentials:

father, son, husband, brother, ice cream factory worker, busboy, lifeguard, writer, and scientist

Anyone can be a father, son, husband, and brother. Everyone writes. Ice cream factory worker, busboy, and lifeguard hardly qualify as adequate preparation of a respected intellect. Scientist? A lot of them suffer from incredible moral blindspots, ethical shortcomings, social and historical misconceptions — certainly not all, but a singularity of purpose is required to earn a post-graduate degree in a science field. At best, it’s dubious to suggest that being a epidemiologist and nutritional scientist provides a well-rounded background to be considered an expert in world affairs.

Moreover, I find it interesting that Savage is so hawkish when he’s never served in the military himself. If he really believes America is in such peril of being overrun by “IslamoFascists,” why hasn’t he signed up himself to fight them “over there.”

It would be interesting to hear what more devout Christians than myself might have to say about how Savage has twisted the divine hand that authored those words of Isaiah.

Savage might do well to consider the remainder of Isaiah’s prophecy:

4 He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.

 

5 Come, O house of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the LORD.

 

6 You have abandoned your people,
the house of Jacob.
They are full of superstitions from the East;
they practice divination like the Philistines
and clasp hands with pagans.

 

7 Their land is full of silver and gold;
there is no end to their treasures.
Their land is full of horses;
there is no end to their chariots.

 

8 Their land is full of idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their fingers have made.

 

9 So man will be brought low
and mankind humbled—
do not forgive them.

Ask WIST how broadcasting Michael Savage’s hate-filled rants is in any way remotely helpful to New Orleanians trying to rebuild their homes and their neighborhoods. Tell them that we need more, and better, local news and information, not another partisan talk radio station. Tell them that we care less about party affiliation than we do whether or not we get better levees, heal our wetlands, stop global warming and sea-level rise, and rebuild our homes. Those are conservative Louisiana values.

Related:

WIST is an “entertainment” station

 

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