Christopher Jon Bjerknes
When confronted with his call to bomb Iran, John McCain's response was to further dehumanize Iranians and dodge direct questions as to his true intent. The Associated Press reported,
"Asked if his joke was insensitive, McCain said: 'Insensitive to what? The Iranians?'"—Libby Quaid, "Group Launches Ad Against McCain's Joke", Associated Press, http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070420/D8OKDF7G0.html, (20 April 2007).
Note that McCain said, "Insensitive to what?" and not "Insensitive to whom?" Note further that he has yet to state that he did not mean what he said.
Though his statement was called a joke, McCain's attempt to make his thoughts appear in a humorous form do not mean that he was less than deadly serious in his threat to bomb Iran. On the contrary, the fact that he treated the lives of Iranians so lightly and inhumanely is only further evidence that he does not value their lives, and therefore would not hesitate to bomb the Iranians. We must consider McCain's juvenile jingoism in the context of one million dead Iraqis, many of them infants and children, who were first dehumanized and threatened by such "jokes".