Reason Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie exposes the fussy evolution of fissile pride:
Some 50 years ago, Allen Ginsberg told "America" to "Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb."
A decade or two after that, Frank Zappa noted that having nuclear weapons and football teams helps, but "you can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline."
In 1978, The LA-based Weirdos waxed ironic with the tune "We Got the Neutron Bomb."
And now? Persia rocks its own casbah. From Lebanon's Daily Star:
In recent days, Iran's airwaves have been buzzing with two new tunes apparently designed to rally public support for the clerical regime's increasingly tense stand-off with the West over its nuclear ambitions.
The first song is entitled "Oriental Sun, Nuclear Science," and sung to a backdrop of military-style marching music by Ali Tafreshi. The second similarly catchy tune is "Nuclear Know-How" by Reza Shirazi.
Both extol the wonders of a "great and powerful Iran" which has destroyed "the arrogance of the oppressors" and "defends its independence by using science."
Not to worry. As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continually phrases it, all Iran is after are "peaceful nuclear secrets." Like three oxys in search of a moron. --MICHAEL WEISS
Go Fuck Yourself and Your Atom Bomb Pop Songs [Hit and Run]
Nuclear tunes blast on to Iran's airwaves [Lebanon's Daily Star]