Thursday, 25 April 2024

Michigan Congressman Under Fire For Suggesting 'Hiroshima & Nagasaki' Solution For Gaza


Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com,

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Michigan) has come under fire for saying Gaza should be handled like "Hiroshima and Nagasaki," suggesting that he was calling for a nuclear bomb to be dropped on the Strip, which could kill millions of Palestinians.

Walberg made the comments at a town hall last week when asked about the US funding the construction of a port in Gaza, supposedly to bring in more aid. "We shouldn't be spending a dime on humanitarian aid," he said. "It should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Get it over quick."

Rep. Tim Walberg, via The Hill

The genocidal comments became public when they surfaced in a video on social media. In response to the controversy, Walberg claimed he was using a "metaphor" by naming the only two cities in the world that have ever been hit with a nuclear bomb.

"I used a metaphor to convey the need for both Israel and Ukraine to win their wars as swiftly as possible, without putting American troops in harm’s way," he claimed. "As a child who grew up in the Cold War era, the last thing I’d advocate for would be the use of nuclear weapons," he sought to explain. 

"My reasoning was the exact opposite of what is being reported: the quicker these wars end, the fewer innocent lives will be caught in the crossfire."

Israeli officials have frequently pointed to the US and Allied bombings of Germany and Japan during World War II to justify the mass killing of civilians in Gaza. Military historians say the destruction in Gaza is on par with the destruction of German cities, which are some of the most heavily bombed places in history.

Walberg came under heavy criticism from fellow Michigan politicians for his reference to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including former Rep. Justin Amash, a Palestinian-American who lost family members to Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza.

Amash said Walberg’s comments "evince an utter indifference to human suffering. The people of Gaza are our fellow human beings—many of them children trapped in horrific circumstances beyond their individual control.

A video has widely circulated of Walberg's original comments:

"For him to suggest that hundreds of thousands of innocent Palestinians should be obliterated, including my own relatives sheltering at an Orthodox Christian church, is reprehensible and indefensible," Amash continued.


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