Jay Severin: Our Local Hate-Monger

mushroom  cloudEvery now and then (okay, far too frequently) I tune into WTKK’s afternoon call-in program on the ride home — Jay Severin’s Extreme Games. Although he is often less of a right-wing shill than blowhards like Limbaugh, Carr, Hannity, and O’Reilly, his comments yesterday were some of the most disgusting I’ve heard on the radio.
He advocated that the US government make an announcement to the world that if terrorists attack the US (or even our troops in Iraq, if I remember correctly), then our Air Force will immediately drop a nuclear weapon on the holy shrines at Mecca and Medina. If it continues, we move onto other cities in the Muslim world. Apparently, he has said this before, according to this moron’s blog.
Not only is this immoral, but it is not going to resolve the issue. What terrorist would hang out in one of the cities targeted for destruction? The people blowing up themselves and innocents in order to get at the US are not likely to stop their actions in order to save the holy sites. They’ve already proven that they hate the US more than they love their fellow Muslims or their holy sites.
Not only is it immoral and not likely to stop Islamic extremist violence, but it is also based on a fallacious view of history. Severin says that this ultimatum is a variation of the solution that Kennedy used in the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which Kennedy announced that any attack from Cuba would require a US retaliation against the Soviet Union. Let’s set aside the fact that the analogy is lame: the missiles in Cuba were placed there by the Soviets and the terrorism is not being put in place by the people of Mecca. The bottom line is that the Cuban Missile Crisis was not solved by an ultimatum, but by diplomacy. Kennedy made a deal with Khrushchev. The US removed missiles aimed at the USSR from Turkey and promised not to attempt to invade Cuba again (“Bay of Pigs”) in exchange for the removal of the Soviet missiles from Cuba.
And the worst part is he calls himself and his dopey listeners “The Best and Brightest.”

5 Comments so far

  1. mk (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 3:37 am

    Ugh, my mom listens to this douchebag as well as Bill O’Reilly. She’ll quote stuff from the show, and a la Al Franken, I yell, “Lies! LIES!” or “He’s Bill O’Lielly!” (She thought that was pretty funny). I don’t get it, because my mom is a pretty empathetic person, yet she listens to this hateful baloney. Maybe I don’t know my mom as well as I think I do?

  2. (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 4:16 am

    I think part of it is that there is that opinionated, ideologically-driven arguments are more understandable to most people than dry, logical discussions. This is because most of us communicate this way naturally.
    For example, when someone asks us what we think of a candidate, very few of us say “Well, I believe his his four-point plan for ending the Iraq occupation successfully is quite sound and his analysis of the economy seems airtight — even the OMB data support his assertions on the future rate of increase in the deficit.” Usually not. We say “I hate that motherfucker.”

  3. Rich (unregistered) on March 14th, 2005 @ 3:19 pm

    Severin has a right to be an ignorant Republican. But he should really stop calling himself a libertarian and a radical independent.

    He is neither libertarian nor independent. In fact, if one looks back at his initial, staunch support for the war on Iraq, he was a statist conformist every step of the way. He believed every lie that Bush and friends told. Plus he thinks the PATRIOT Act is just fine. Jay Severin is a Big Government lover! Which makes him an advocate for high taxation, ipso facto…despite his rhetoric to the contrary.

  4. call in (unregistered) on March 28th, 2005 @ 12:38 am

    Interesting thoughts, just wanted to mention I came from blogspot.

  5. Kevin (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2005 @ 5:25 pm

    Well maybe not nuc’s but a few 8000 bls one would do. But only on places where there is 100% known support for ideologically-driven people that kill free loving people.Terrorists attack any part of the world we kill them. Jay is Jay but he is not a hate monger. He speaks plain and truthful demgods hate that. Anyway no nuc’s just big bombs.

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