All the news being reported about Iran is about how the Iranians are running spoiler operations, and worse, in Iraq, and about how Iran intends to build atomic bombs. It looks like the mad mullahs are unstoppable, and the interjection of western values, democratic processes, and capitalistic growth-curves are impossible, right?
Well, take a look at this. They are building automobiles, and not just hosting somebody else's assembly plant.
Could we be seeing the skinny end of the wedge of a moderating movement, here? You know, modern, easy materiality in place of 11th century type struggle for a creed of religious domination.
Maybe someday soon modern Persians will consider that sporting a "What Would Allah Do?" bumper sticker on the old SUV, to be a sufficient exercise of relgious devotion.