In solidarity with the anti- Ahmadinejad and anti-dictatorship protesters in Iran I have changed some of the colors on the blog to green. Where the protests will lead no one knows, but one can only hope that the outcome will be an overthrow of the theocratic dictatorship and a renewed move to modernity.
I also hope that watching the protests and desire for democracy among younger Iranians will help Americans realize that Ahmadinejad and his fellow thugs do not represent the hearts and minds of many, many Iranians.
Moreover, too often Americans forget that Iran (formerly Persia) is home to one of the world's oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 7000 BC. A series of four dynasties governed Iran for more than 1000 years with high cultural advances - more than three times the duration of the United States. When Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire, the culture of the Persians made the Greeks look like barbarians.