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Well said! One has to remember that Iran used to be a huge country called "Persia," before the Brits divvied it up into many fractions (and shafted most of the "Persians" - installing a boy king, getting very favorable oil contracts, etc.) that currently form many monarchical/dictatorial states! As a matter of fact, Persia contributed much to the ancient science and technological developments (at least comparable to many other civilizations). Unfortunately, Iran has been ruled, for the last 26 years, by religiously fanatical oligarchs. Iran still has a significant weapon in its arsenal - oil, which means money. While money cannot buy everything, but as evident from UAE, money can surely buy a lot of things including science and technology. Nowhere is it more evident than in Singapore! From what I understand, Iran is on the prowl for nanotechnologies, nanotechnologists, and nanoscientists. Has anyone heard anything in this regard?
The problem, as I see it, is that we (i. e., western countries, especially the USA - my beloved home) mess with other countries for the sake of expediency - supporting the Shah Pahlavi and Mujaihaideen (Afghan war) with all the latest American "gadgets," which come back to haunt us. Let us keep our hands to ourselves and focus on educating our kids!