Last October, at the memorable News Xchange event in Berlin, the British broadcaster Jon Snow argued that "one of the greatest responsibilities to humanity" is for us, as news media, to report Iran accurately. He was right then and he's even more correct now.
So where is the news media (Krugman?) in response to Hillary Clinton's remarks this week about obliterating Iran? Who is methodically thinking about the consequences of these words:
"I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran... We would be able to totally obliterate them"?
Iran is a republic slightly larger than Alaska (1,648 million sq km) with a population of 66 million. Over 7 million Iranians are under 14. The average age of Iranians is 26.4 years-old. 51% of the people of Iran are of Persian ethnicity, the other major ethnic groups include Azeris (24%), Gilaki and Mazandarani (8%), Kurds (7%) and Arabs (3%). 98% of Iranians are Moslem (Shia 89%, Sunni 9%), the rest are Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian and Baha'i. 58% of Iranians speak Persian, the majority of the rest speak Turkic (26%), Kurdish (7%) and Arabic (3%). That's a lot of people, languages, religions and cultures.
Is this what Hillary wants to obliterate?
I used to support her, but this is a sentence too far for me. She is transforming herself into Hirohito's Japan in the late summer of 1945. Maybe we need to incinerate her before she obliterates all of us.