...........................a geo-political history lesson on the mess that is the Middle East. It's complicated, but understanding the complications, or at least recognizing them, is a useful exercise.
"Why is Iran willing to shed so much blood and divert so much money away from urgent domestic needs? The fanatical character of the Iranian regime and the fragility of a society with 40% youth unemployment explain part of it. But a deeper motivation for Iran’s profligacy and militancy lies in Iran’s dependence on China and Russia."
As they say, whether he be right or wrong, read the whole thing.