Peter Hitchens has written about a trip he took to Iran a while ago in the American Conservative magazine. It is really worth reading this article before buying into Cheney’s showdown fantasy. There’s a lot in the article, a lot that I could quote here, but I’ll limit myself to this conversation that Hitchens had with a group of high school students,
“The students were not in themselves hostile to the West—like almost all Iranians, they yearned to live there. They were personally friendly and open to me. But they warned that an attack on Iran would drive them closer to their government.”
I get this sense even here among the sizable Persian community of my city. Most of them despise the current regime yet I have little doubt that they would be aghast if the US attacked. How much more is this surely the case back in Iran itself.