Met a fella yesterday while treating his wife. Middle-eastern name--I asked where he was from. Iran, he said. How long had he been here? 30 years. Oh, says I, you must have been there durng the last days of the Shah. Yes, he says. I asked a few other questions; he seemed excited that someone in NH knew anything at all about the Middle East. Which I think is bullhockey, by the way-- the way it's assumed that Americans know nothing about anywhere else--tells me that folks from everywhere else don't know squat about America. Anyhow, I naturally asked for his take on the current WOT/Middle East situation. He said, "You will never change those people. The only thing to do is let those guys (the Mullahs, the Islamists) do what they want. Let them have their way." He could see no point at all in trying to make some kind of democracy of Iraq. We should forget it all and just get out of the region completely, forget the oil and get our energy elsewhere. Interesting. He was quite Westernized, white-collar job, American wife, excellent English, and content here with no intention of returning.