Are they, or aren't they?
As much as I'm not a massive fan of the way Iran is run (probably because I don't understand the culture), the question really is, does their nuclear programme include 'weapons of mass destruction' or not?
The reality is, whilst Iran seems abhorrent to someone who has grown up with ... choosing my words carefully here ... the relative 'freedoms' of the west, are their methodologies not just a different way of running society?
Take a look at the wikipedia entry for Iran - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran
You'd be hard pressed to see it as a particularly oppressive society, except when looking at it with Western bias.
If you look at it from a historical perspective, it reads a damn side cleaner than Western Europe or the USA in terms of morals and actions. The very heart of civilisation lies in it's history, as clear as day.
See, this is where I get somewhat confused. Whilst we are offered the promise of democracy, are taught that we are progressive, civilised and humanitarian, the reality just doesn't add up in any shape nor form.
Iran is being painted as an enemy - it's really as simple as that.
It's the next target for Western 'democracies', the next to be demonised and probably the next to be invaded.
Not so very long ago - 500 hundred years? - the area was a hotbed of civilised progressiveness. The powers that are now the 'Western world' were barbaric by comparison.
We have to tread carefully here, both in our comparison of Iran with ourselves and in how we deal with them as a global player.
The UK, the USA and much of Western Europe have a *great* deal of blood on their hands. You *cannot* dispute that fact, unless your a moron (alas, many people are)
We really have to look internally at ourselves before judging. We have to look deeply at our so called freedoms, at the actions of our governments and the results of that (global recession) before pointing any fingers at a regime that we would call oppressive.
Iranians, by all accounts, are a highly educated, civilised nation. They have different beliefs and a very different culture to our own.
Watch our leaders closely, folks, there's clearly an agenda here which just doesn't add up in terms of morals, human rights and fairness.