An email I received which, I think, puts it succinctly:
WRITE SOMETHING, ANYTHING, ABOUT IRAN. GET YOUR READERS, AT LEAST, TO THINK ABOUT IT, IF NOT TO SHUDDER AT THE REINCARNATION OF HITLER'S BROWNSHIRTS AND MUSSOLINI'S BLACKSHIRTS.
With apologies. I have been so engrossed by the situation that I have felt any writing inadequate to capture it in sum.