I think I see Iran emerging as the equivalent of Loas & Cambodia in the Vietnam War.—Larv
This also parallels ancient Greece but they probably wouldn't have done it at the time if the public had been properly informed.
The ancient Greek playright Aristophanes wrote a play called 'The Clouds' that was a thinly disguised attack on the Athenian high culture of the time.
Two characters Right and Wrong argue with Wrong using sophistry to win the argument for the 'vortex' god. Right argues that someone caught in the act of adultery by the husband faces the traditional punishment, 'Radish buggery' (the term used in the Penguin translation) i.e. being tied down and having the largest root vegetable in the husbands larder inserted into your backside.
Wrong argues that many of the Athenian elites like that sort of stuff and basically called them a bunch of 'faggots' (as translated, with no mention that male-male prostitutes were denied the vote) to win the argument and Right throws in the towel, so to speak (it was actually his cloak). The eventual result was the burning of the academy and the destruction of the 'vortex' god.
It wasn't surprising that Aristophanes never managed to rewrite and re present his play. The key reason is because the ancient Greeks had no social concept of RAPE. Even in the wider 'international' sphere, rape, of an involuntarily conquered peoples resources (including the conquered people themselves, our modern definition), was considered OK.
Even the Athenian elites, despite some of their sexual preferences, wouldn't welcome the involuntary insertion of an extremely large root vegetable up their posteriors. That's history repeating today, in the international sphere, because the governments and the government sized corporates still fail to acknowledge their policy of International rape via rule by law.
While the big money may not be accountable (equity and hedge funds even less so) will the international politicians realise their (ancient) folly and start removing their own Rule by law root vegetables from their own involuntary people, before the people get tired of being involuntarily shafted and gather together to look for the biggest root vegetables they can find?
Probably not, politicians are usually the ones who don't want to learn, and maybe they do actually like it.