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Just going to pick on a few things you mentioned:

The Iranian people overthrew the shah who ruled for ~38 years and whom the US supported, and seemed to choose theocracy. (I say "seemed" because I'm sure there are two sides to the story. From the little reading I've done, it seems there was significant support for the theocracy.) They now hold elections, though I don't know how free of meddling they are. So they've gone from a US-supported dictatorship, a feeling much of the Middle East and Latin Americas knows, to a partially democratic theocracy.

Negative attitudes towards homosexuality are common across the Middle East; they're not unique to Iran. Neither are negative attitudes towards Israel.

I don't know enough about Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran supposedly building nuclear weapons to comment, so I won't.

For those interested, I highly recommend reading Robert Fisk's "The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East"[0]. The author was in Iran during the revolution which overthrew the Shah and offers a fascinating perspective into the Iranian people. The rest of the book is proving to be amazing too!

[0] https://smile.amazon.com/Great-War-Civilisation-Conquest-Mid...




I can also highly recommend Fisks books (I have The Great War on the shelf and refer to it often), but I would also like to add Robert Baers books, he was a CIA case officer who speaks farsi and is pretty knowledgeable about things. I think it is also highly worth reading up on the original coup that installed the Shah in the first place, it was essentially the first coup the British used their newly trained (everyone knows the OSS became the CIA, but who did the OSS learn from? The Brits) American orgs as a proxy in an overthrow.

Which is one of the reasons moves like this by the UK are interesting; much of the current American sentiment towards Iran was shaped by the Chatham House group in the first place.

Also I sat down and actually read all the IAEA reports in 2010 or so and besides the mossad planted laptop fiasco, all indications were that Iran was not seeking weaponization or even virtual breakout mode, and I have yet to see any good evidence to the contrary other than claims of "secret evidence".




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