Praying for a Terrorist Strike: The GOP’s Newest Political Strategy

Nuclear terrorism: If it happens, it will be an answer to Republican prayers.

Article posted Jul 11 2007, 4:28 AM
by William Norman Grigg

Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum made the grand crusade against “Islamic fascism” the central focus of his unsuccessful 2006 re-election effort.

On numerous occasions the preening Keystone State solon – who couldn’t glance at a mirror without seeing Churchill’s bulldog demeanor glowering back at him – insisted that it was the “destiny” of “this generation” to fight an apocalyptic war against radical Islam. Unlike his more equivocal comrades in the Republican branch of the War Party, Santorum made it clear that his preferred “exit strategy” for Iraq would be to invade (or at least bomb) Iran. More…

 

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Iraq Comes Home: Soldiers Share the Devastating Tales of War

Article posted Jul 11 2007, 4:21 AM
By Emily DePrang
 

Statistics are one way to tell the story of the approximately 1.4 million servicemen and women who’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2004, 86 percent of soldiers in Iraq reported knowing someone who was seriously injured or killed there. Some 77 percent reported shooting at the enemy; 75 percent reported seeing women or children in imminent peril and being unable to help. Fifty-one percent reported handling or uncovering human remains; 28 percent were responsible for the death of a noncombatant. One in five Iraq veterans return home seriously impaired by post-traumatic stress disorder. More…

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