We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I do not think everyone in Iran takes the Mullahs seriously. The Iranians aren't stupid, and they have strong Western sympathies. Good people, and many of them quite worldly, educated, and sophisticated, but with a populist government from hell. With a decent election, they could be like Turkey in a minute, and applying for membership in NATO and the EU.
Their people want to join the real world, but they have been outvoted by the peasants. That's democracy, assuming their votes are legit, which one might reasonably doubt. I like the Iranians, but their leaders are insane.
Roger Simon just used the phrase "two cheers for democracy" --Barrister & Simon on same wavelength today. True enough, from Palestine to Venezuela and many points beteen, democracy has been rejecting the USA free-market, rule-of-law, universal human-rights form.
I guess it's really 'one cheer' for the form, 'two' if it actually allows failures to be voted out, and 'three' only if it encourages virtue (to use a silly-sounding but irreplaceable old term).