Even those who made up the WMD stories to pursue their Project for a New American Century, former Trotskyte leftists turned right wing Republicans whose loyalties to Israel were a lot more pronounced than their loyalty to the US (read this excellent article at the time), and the president they had co-opted had to finally acknowledge the bogus nature of the WMD stories, but some of the grunts that they led to do their dirty work apparently have been peddling these stories for too long to be able to accept the facts! Not that I am upset America took out the monster they had created, namely, Saddam; far from it. Thanks. But enough of the lies and the nonsense. In the meantime, let me say this. I live in Iran. I used to live in America, where I attended junior high and high school, college, and law school and where I practiced law for more than a decade. America needs to worry about fixing its own issues and not worry about other places, especially not Iran. When it comes to Iran, it just needs to stop trying to ruin the country. Even with "crippling sanctions", Iran is doing alright. Without such sanctions, America would need to worry about not falling behind a country like Iran. Don't take it from me; read this article by award winning New York Times journalist and academic, Stephen Kinzer, after his trip to Iran, Turkey, Holland and Germany, entitled: Take a trip abroad, see the US in decline . Or read what anyone who has actually set foot in Iran (AboveAlpha is either down right lying saying he has been, or he was at most one of the Americans on flights that occasionally land in Tehran in transit to other places like Iraq or Afghanistan) has written by Googling for yourself. There are plenty of such folks and their universal message is the same: Iran is nothing like it is portrayed like in the west. In fact, lest some of you guys really get the urge to "liberate Iran", let me post what self-described freelance journalist wrote on his blog here. He might be going a bit too far in his comments, but he nonetheless has the right overall sense of things compared to the silly gibberish some folks who need to be worrying about their own plight have to say about Iran! PS There are more than 20 major ski resorts in Iran, across the country, with around a dozen just near Tehran, for now mostly catering to Iranian skiers since we don't get that many tourists due to political issues! More and more, however, you will find articles such as these recent articles in the LA Times and this one in the New York Post talking about Iran's ski resorts. Tehran, where I live, has more major American style shopping malls than any city in America, while 2 of the top 10 largest shopping malls in the world are elsewhere in Iran (Shiraz, Isfahan). There are just 65 new shopping malls being built in Tehran alone; 200 new ones across Iran. This is just for Iranian shoppers since, again, Iran has been so far isolated from much of the world. Besides its immense oil and gas reserves, Iran is an industrialized country that produces everything it needs. It is also the leader in the region (and among the top 20 countries in the world) in automobile manufacturing (used to be top 10 in the world before sanctions, now top 20), in steel (top 15), in cement production (4th just behind the US), and many other fields. As I said, you need to fix your own issues before you worry about Iran!