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GOP congressman’s call to drop nuclear bombs on Gaza to end the conflict is pure evil. (Op-Ed)

Republican Representative Tim Walberg suggested that bombs should be dropped on Gaza “like Nagasaki and Hiroshima” to “get it over quick. Walberg (R-MI) spoke with constituents in a town hall on March 25th when he made the WWII-era reference about U.S. atomic strikes against Japan — he also called to end U.S. aid to Gaza. The UN has warned that the famine in Gaza is “catastrophic,” with 70% of the population suffering from starvation and food insecurity. When a constituent asked why U.S. dollars were funding a pier to allow more aid into Gaza, he answered “I don’t think we should. We shouldn’t be spending a dime on humanitarian aid.”

After receiving backlash, Walberg wrote a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that read “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. In a shortened clip, l 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. 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.”

Walberg’s “clarification” is insincere. It is undeniable that the verbiage he used is a direct expression of support for nuclear war. This is not a metaphor, and his backtracking is absolutely pathetic.

Rather than feed starving children, Walberg would rather completely devastate Palestine through nuclear warfare, killing millions and permanently wounding more. This stance is pure evil and proves just how heartless this man is. The answer to conflict is never nuclear bombs, and it would certainly not end the conflict. What Walberg suggests is ethnic cleansing and genocide, and this would likely lead to nuclear retaliation from Palestinian allies.

Walberg has no respect nor regard for human life. He does not see innocent civilians as human, but rather as vermin to be exterminated so he may return to his cushy, easy life. Mothers cannot feed their babies, women are giving birth in unsanitary conditions, and children are dying of starvation. The answer is to end the suffering through humanitarian aid, not a mass bombing.


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