Tuesday, April 04, 2006

McCain Going Wacko?

Arizona Senator John McCain a presidential candidate in 2000 and assumed to be a presidential candidate once again in 2008 has been saying some odd things lately. This may be because he is trying to court the Republican base which of course is loaded with religious fundementalist fanatics.

On Sunday's Meet The Press host Tim Russert questioned McCain on Iran. McCain said that if sanctions fail then the United States must be prepared to go to war with Iran. Asked if he thought that the US might be entangled in two wars simultaneously, McCain responded, "I think we could have Armageddon."

Here we go again with the religious terminology. These statements aren't made by accident, they are directed to the religious fundementalists who want and believe in the end times type prophesies. These fundies believe the book series "Left Behind" is more than fiction, that it's a sort of blueprint for the future. The fundies want war in the Middle East to bring on the apocalypse.

Just to make sure, I checked my dictionary for the word Armageddon and here is the main definition.

Armageddon; Bible, The place where the last, decisive battle between the forces of good and evil is to be fought before Judgement Day. Rev. 16:16.

The fact that McCain used this word so specifically and bluntly shows he is more than likely speaking directly to the fundies in order to attract future voters for his 2008 presidential run. He is essentially selling out, as he hasn't been known to do this in the past. Consider that he could have used descriptions such as World War III, massive war, two-pronged war, expanded war on terror, or other ideas, but he chose Armageddon. That was no accident.


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