Tehran’s Misguided Defiance

‘Asked in Tehran earlier this year about the possibility of a US military strike on Iran, a senior official laughed out loud. "Are you serious?" he asked. "They will never attack us. That would be madness." His amusement was genuine – and chilling.

‘Ignorance and complacency about American motivations and intentions abound in equal measure in the land of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Uniquely among the countries of the world, Iran has been almost entirely cut off from US cultural, social and economic influence since the Islamic revolution of 1979.’ (Guardian article).