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Helen Caldicott, Michael Moore in a skirt
by Judi McLeod, Canadafreepress.com
November 23, 2004
Of the Red State hype spin sending Liberals for trauma therapy, writer, activist, pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott takes the proverbial blue cake.
The re-election of George W. Bush she says, may end the human race.
When it comes to Bush panic, Caldicott, shriller than songstress Barbra Streisand, more prolific than Susan Sarandon, is a Michael Moore in a skirt.
"I dont think Ive ever felt so personally, politically devastated in my life and that includes when (former President Ronald) Reagan won a second term of office--which was pretty devastating for me as I was so heavily involved in the anti-nuclear movement in those days," Caldicott told the Sydney Morning Herald.
A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, the Australian-born Caldicott calls Australia "the 51st state of the U.S".
Caldicott rose to prominence as the mother of anti-nuclear activism in the late 1970s, originally talking about the dangers of nuclear war as a physician.
She said most Americans responded, 'its better to be dead, than red. (Democracy Now!). So she started talking about the actual medical effects of nuclear war, and helped revive Physicians for Social Responsibility as a co-founder.
Just as the re-election of Bush is sending outraged, confused and depressed Democrats for stress therapy treatment, the children of another generation were traumatized when school boards made watching Caldicotts 1982 film If You Love This Planet mandatory viewing.
Parents in Toronto complained that their elementary school children, who had watched the film woke up screaming with nightmares and could not be convinced that the end of the world was not imminent.
Although the controversial film actually won an Academy Award, the U.S. Department of Justice declared it "political propaganda" and monitored its distribution.
Interesting to note that If You Love This Planet was produced by Canadas National Film Board.
Lacing her commentary with extreme and irresponsible rhetoric, Caldicott remains a darling of the mainline media. According to her Nuclear Policy Research Institute website, she deliberately set out to become "a pervasive presence in the media".
Author of Missile Envy, a book that blamed the arms race on Western civilizations repressed sexual urges, Caldicott credits Fidel Castro for governing the best country on earth and is an ardent admirer of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
"At a Beverly Hills fund-raiser nuclear arms opponent Helen Caldicott gave a controversial speech in which she likened Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Jesus Christ and suggested the Department of Defense be renamed the `Department of Annihilation." (Amy Chance, Sacramento Bee, April 26, 1988).
As reckless in comments on the environment as she is in the nuclear arms department, Caldicott told environmentalist Theodore Roszak: "Every time you turn on an electric light, you are making another brainless baby" (the Oregonian, June 14, 1992).
Like her friend Gorbachev, Caldicott is a beneficiary of American democracy and financial donations from an American public. While Gorbachev lobbies to close down American military bases from a life of luxury at San Franciscos Presidio, Caldicott, who first stepped foot on American soil in 1966, runs the Institute for Nuclear Policy Research Institute from 1925 K Street, Washington, D.C.