I don't think Iran is a rational actor. They are the Shiite version of ISIS. They wish for Islam to dominate the world except that their version of Islam is the Shiite version. That is why their priority is not the welfare of their people. Instead, theyAlexis wrote: ↑Sun May 13, 2018 1:46 am
There is wide consensus in Europe against Iran having nuclear weapons. Less on the fact itself - Europeans know Teheran is a rational actor and are largely free of the peculiar US deep-seated anti-Iranian obsession - than on the risk further nuclear proliferation would be triggered. Especially in Saudi Arabia, which is not as rational nor as stable as Iran is. You may remember that it was not Iranians taking down the WTC on 9/11.
spend their oil money, not on giving their people a better life, but in supporting regional wars - from Houthis to Hizbollah. They seek a regional empire. I don't consider this to be rational.
If the Americans have an anti-Iran obsession, it's because of the frequent demonstrations in Iran of crowds chanting, "death to America". Maybe you will also be anti-Iran if they are chanting "Death to France."