From Right Hook, Michael Savage the other day: (Savage says he has 6 million listeners, so take this seriously)
“‘I think there should be no mercy shown to these sub-humans. I believe that a thousand of them should be killed tomorrow. I think a thousand of them held in the Iraqi prison should be given 24 hour[s] — a trial and executed. I think they need to be shown that we are not going to roll over to them … Instead of putting joysticks, I would have liked to have seen dynamite put in their orifices and they should be dropped from airplanes … They should put dynamite in their behinds and drop them from 35,000 feet, the whole pack of scum out of that jail.’
The next day Savage added that Arabs were ‘racist, fascist bigots,’ and purported to speak for a majority of Americans regarding the war. He offered several all-American solutions to our problems in the Middle East.
‘Right now, even people sitting on the fence would like George Bush to drop a nuclear weapon on an Arab country. They don’t even care which one it would be. I can guarantee you — I don’t need to go to Mr. Schmuck [pollster John] Zogby and ask him his opinion … The most — I tell you right now — the largest percentage of Americans would like to see a nuclear weapon dropped on a major Arab capital. They don’t even care which one…
‘I think these people need to be forcibly converted to Christianity … It’s the only thing that can probably turn them into human beings.’ “
Do you think Arabs know that many right-wing Americans are talking like this? Do you think THIS is the real unspoken message that the Right wants out there? Sure, Savage is a wingnut, but he’s not the only one talking like this by a long shot. Enough of them are talking like this, and our government sure is acting like it’s their thinking…
Sometimes I think the best way to understand the messages the Right is putting out there is to learn what their target audiences are hearing.
Do you think Bush is going to renounce this kind of talk and apologize for it? Fat chance.