... I think events such as these forces us to reevaluate where we stand in the world, not only from a strategic perspective, but perhaps more importantly, a moral one.
Notwithstanding the humanity of the matter, we are, through multiple American administrations from Eisenhower to Reagan, partly responsible for the state of Iran today.
In our urgency to secure a Cold War ally, we made numerous errors in judgement. From the CIA-organized coup d'etat of a legitimate Iranian government, to the transfer of nuclear technology, to turning a blind eye towards the transgressions of the dictatorial Shah of Iran, to the delivery of over 70 shipments of biological weapons to Iraq to assist then in their war against Iran - these are just several of the larger decisions that have fostered such blinding hatred against us in Iran, and thus, fueling the rise and sustained dominance of the radical, insane, bloodthirsty clerics there.
It's a complex problem, which will demand an equally complex solution, but I honestly don't know how we can fix this.