Friday, November 15, 2002

We were reminded of the old Tom Lehrer mid-Sixties song about nuclear proliferation, "Who's Next" by the latest French bolshiness about how Saddam has "accepted" the United Nations' terms and there will thus be no war; Saddam hasn't accepted a damn thing and the UN has no say over whether the US will eventually go to war with Saddam or not. Many things have changed in the world since Lehrer wrote the song; virtually the only one that hasn't is France.

First we got the bomb and that was good
'Cause we love peace and motherhood
Russia got the bomb but that's OK
'Cause the balance of power's maintained that way

Then France got the bomb, but don't you grieve
'Cause they're on our side--I believe
China got the bomb but have no fears
They can't wipe us out for at least five years

Japan will have its own device
Transistorized at half the price
South Africa wants two, that's right
One for the black and one for the white

Egypt's gonna get one too
Just to use on you-know-who
So Israel's getting tense, wants one in self-defense
The Lord's our shepherd, says the Psalm
But just in case, we better get a bomb

Luxembourg is next to go
And who knows, maybe Monaco
We'll try to stay serene and calm
When Alabama gets the bomb

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