Monday, April 28, 2008

World Media Blasts Hillary Over Obliterating Iran

nary a word was written or told in our parts about hillary's intentions to "obliterate" iran if it attacked israel, but around the world her comment made headlines. that's right, she said she'd kill women, children, wipe iran off the map.

she made the comment right before the pennsylvania vote to puff herself up for the bitter lunchbox hunting crowd.

i guess it worked.

alas, the boston globe has called out hillary for her foolishiness as has the rest of the world. we need more reporting on this.
This foolish and dangerous threat was muted in domestic media coverage. But it reverberated in headlines around the world.

Responding with understatement to a question in the British House of Lords, the foreign minister responsible for Asia, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, said of Clinton's implication of a mushroom cloud over Iran: "While it is reasonable to warn Iran of the consequences of it continuing to develop nuclear weapons and what those real consequences bring to its security, it is probably not prudent in today's world to threaten to obliterate any other country and in many cases civilians resident in such a country."

A less restrained reaction came from an editorial in the Saudi-based paper Arab News. Being neighbors of Iran, the Saudis and the other Gulf Arabs have the most to fear from Iran's nuclear program and its drive to become the dominant power in the Gulf.

But precisely because they are most at risk from Iran's regional ambitions, the Saudis want a carefully considered American approach to Iran, one that balances firmness and diplomatic engagement.

The Saudi paper called Clinton's nuclear threat "the foreign politics of the madhouse," saying, "it demonstrates the same doltish ignorance that has distinguished Bush's foreign relations."