women Iranians really want? I mean, they never really tell us what they want, and if they won’t tell us, how can we give it to them? They’re an enigma wrapped in something else, I forget what. But what is this really about? They’re unhappy, I can see they’re unhappy, but they won’t say what’s bothering them. Why not? Why don’t they just tell us, or is it because they really don’t know themselves? You spend your whole life trying to please them, then finally you have no idea where you stand. Why? What is so secret about what they want? If they told us, I bet we could supply it in 10 minutes. Instead they say, “well if you loved me, you would know what I want!” Well, I do love you, but I’m not a mind-reader! I ask you if you want this, you say no, I ask about that, you say no. Then I ask well, what then? You say you’re not sure, you just need to be left alone! Good grief, women Iranians!
OK, enough with the humor.
Iranians HAVE actually told us quite a lot about what they want. I'll start with a good-quality survey carried out in early 2008 by the nonprofit group Terror Free Tomorrow, and an international polling and research group D3 Systems Inc.
Iranians want democracy. They want to vote in elections for candidates that are fairly chosen.
About 90% want the head guy, the chief Mullah of the country, to be elected, and to be accountable to voters.
Before the last elections, about 80% said they would vote, but they were not inspired by any of the candidates. Candidates were pre-selected by the Mullahs, and anyone who wanted real change was thrown off the list.
About two-thirds of Iranians thought all reformist candidates should have been allowed to run.
"This survey confirms what any visitor to Iran notices right away, and that is people's utter lack of inspiration with their political system and political candidates," said Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
About three-quarters of Iranians polled favored normal relations and trade with the United States. Overall, Iranians are quite pro-American and pro-Western. Weird, eh? It's because the government does not represent the people.
For those surveyed, the three most important steps the US could take to improve relations with Tehran are, (1) withdraw its forces from Iraq, (2) increasing visas for study and work in the US, and (3) a trade deal between the two countries. So the average Iranian wants the US out of Iraq, probably because they feel they might be next. But they don't hate the US, they want visas to go there! They also want better trade with the US.
About half want nuclear weapons, but one must be careful whenever a survey result teeters around 50%-50%. If you flip a coin you will get 50%-50%. It could be that Iranians didn't know what to say, so they just guessed.
Most want to make deals. About 70% would drop nuclear weapons in exchange for aid and investment. About half said they would support the recognition of Israel as part of a broader deal with the US. Notice that Iranians implicitly acknowledge that their government is developing nuclear weapons.
About 60% favor supporting Hezbollah, the Iraqi Shiite militias, and Hamas. This of course is really dumb, but it's 60%. The government is 100% behind those groups.
SO the compelling picture is that Iranians are much more moderate, more pro-democracy, pro-America, and pro-West than their government.
It's easy to forget that Iranians call themselves Persians, they are not Arabs, and they have a very different culture than Arab Muslims.
Whereas most basic garden-variety Arabs are fairly recently descended from desert nomads, Persians have had elaborate civilizations for millennia.
Persians are extremely polite and generous. Whereas an Arab friend will give you the shirt off his back, an Iranian might give you his house. You have to be very careful in asking them for favors, and they're very passionate. One Persian friend I had often told me he loved me. I had to get him to stop saying that in public. Neither of us were gay, and Canadians just didn't understand.
So, should the US, or Israel, or Israel/ US /Britain/ France/ Italy/ Canada go knock out Iran? Yeah, I think so, yes, especially if we can assemble a group of nations. I don't know if we would be "greeted as liberators", but that doesn't matter much because there would be few ground forces involved. However, if we just kill the Mullahs and bomb the nuke facilities, the average Iranian will probably be relieved. Regime change is a must.
As for Hillary's "obliterate" thing, I say absolutely not. It's not needed to achieve our military and political objectives, and it would kill millions of innocent people. On the website Iranian.com, they are quite open to new ideas, but getting obliterated bothers them for some reason.