Iran, at the end of the day, like the whole of ME is just a powder keg waiting to happen, with so much complexity and a lot of gung ho on all sides. I certainly wouldn't want to be involved in this mess!
Disagree, its not a 'Middle East' State.
They are not ethnically arabs, they are very proudly Ayrian and have a history dating back 3,000 years unlike the Arabs who were all herding goats in non existent states 100 years ago.
The population is highly educated, hard working and innately western in its outlook.
The current regime is very much an aberration, it was until we messed with it in the 50's a functioning democracy.
In many ways, they are like the Jews, an inherently civilised people living on the edge of a savage region with equally long histories