"It might startle some Americans to realize that Iran has one of the most pro-American populations in the Middle East. Iranians have adored America for nearly three decades..."
When I lived in Iran until a few years ago, there I came across many ordinary people who begged for a military liberation of their own country and hated the clerics so much that they publicly called president Bush the Imam Zaman of our time. I'll never forget the day when Saddam was caught in that hole in late 2003. I was in a taxi and the driver was talking about how Bush is the Iranian people's messiah. It's just too bad that President Bush and his administration didn't use that opportunity to seek the removal of the Mullahs. And I am certain that the United States as a whole has become more and more popular inside of Iran since the day I left but it is important to note that Iran has always been potentially a very pro-American nation in an anti-US region. This simple fact makes the people of Iran the natural ally of the west and in particular America in our common struggle against the radical Islam.