Why wouldn't Kim Jong-il immediately shift his nuclear program into high gear after hearing Bush include North Korea among the "evil" threesome? The words were a direct threat, a challenge to North Korea's leader. Breaking news? Yes, but no surprise. Not for those of us who have watched the unfolding of this very predictable flurry of activity from Jong-il, one among an axis of nuts.
Iran, too, has acted accordingly. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is moving in defiance of the West to enrich uranium. So, now, we have three nuts-yes, three heads of state who are butting egos and causing people for peace who never believed this kind of irrational, earth-shattering upheaval would ever again occur after Viet Nam to gasp in horror at what we are doing to this world, what we are bequeathing to our children-and to ponder if there will be anything at all left for them. Condoleezza Rice scared us with images of "mushroom clouds" over our cities. Many were certain Saddam would be the button pusher. Turns out there were no WMD in Iraq. Perhaps, the most harmful weapons are Bush's language, decisions, and an invasion that stimulated the other nuts in the world to stoke their own rhetoric and arms programs.
The beat goes on. The beat goes on. More and more "deciders" are dusting off their war drums. All made necessary by a nut from Texas. All made more frightening because there seems to be method to his madness.