A contrast from the present
Ahmadi-Nejad's Iran of today revels in the imminent prospect of nuclear weapons for national prestige, hiding the ills of the nation under this distraction.
He recently spent $300 million on Hamas and Hezbollah, $523 million on re-equipping the mostly Arab mercenary suppression brigades called the Bassij - and $700 million on a nuclear power plant he does not need but helps buy off the Russians. Who, incidentally have around 50,000 consultants/advisors inside Iran sending home about $50 million a month back to mother Russia.
All this in addition to the cost of weapons and equipment Iran provides terrorists in Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.
Arabs - because Iranians, inured as they are to atrocities by the Mullahs, still hesitate to implement the vicious methods used to suppress dissent in public - though it is Iranians who torture, maim and kill alleged political opponents inside prisons, where they are hidden from the public eye.
One insiduous method uses condemned felony criminals, murderers, drug smugglers, rapists and street thugs to do the dirty work.
These are transfered from criminal prisons to where political prisoners are held to threaten their safety and pick fights and beat or kill (with total immunity from the authorities) the political philosophers, who are rarely athletic or able to match physical strength with the worst of the worst criminal element.
The seemingly "secular" Iranian President, whose fanatical Hojatieh sect beliefs require global meltdown and the most intense of human suffering everywhere to invite back their Redeemer, the 12th Imam, also revels at the thought of being the man who brought down the world as we know it. With Israel for starters.
Critics will cite pomp and glory under the Shah while the country still had poverty. Which country does not?
But the weak and helpless were looked after - not thrown into dealing and using drugs (some 30% of the populace is reportedly in the user/dealercategory), forced into both male and female prostitution or with suicide the only remaining option.
Amazingly, there are Iranians (and others) in the USA and in Europe who adamently support Ahmadi-Nejad for "standing up to the West" and for "his principles", totally ignoring anything else than the simplistic charade he presents on behalf of the Mullahs.