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Can’t find the Middle East on a map? Here’s why

bigthink.com • February 11, 2020

There it was again. At the start of January, as America's assassination of Iran's general Qasem Soleimani brought the two countries to the brink of war: proof that most Americans can't find their #1 foreign enemy on a world map.

Asked to locate Iran on a blind map, only 28% of registered American voters surveyed were able to place a dot inside its borders.

It's an easy and oft-repeated trick: previous versions of the 'Most Americans can't find' map feature North Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq. The subtext is not hard to fathom, and the cause of much sniggering in the rest of the world: Americans are dumb; too dumb to trust with the firepower that comes with being a superpower.