I have a long time friend who grew up in Iran. At about age 17 he escaped from Iran when he was tagged to be a spy for the government - these guys usually live about a week. He has been an American for over twenty years now and most of his family is here, but he still has family in Iran including his parents. This is what he told me this morning. This is how he explained the Middle East situation to his sons. Note that like many of us, he has never objected to our invasion of Afghanistan. Then he said exactly what Tsu read to me last night from the Pulitzer prize winning author who exposed the Iraqi Prisoner abuse scandal: So, there's a statement from two Americans who understand the politics of the Middle East. Edit: I almost forgot, he added: Bush is the first President [in his lifetime] who can't understand Middle Eastern politics; [expletives] [he] can't even remember the names.