It we take the public statements made by Iranian public figures and simply ignore them and instead look at their actions we have proactive financing of external Shiite groups as may well be expected and a secret effort to achieve nuclear capability. They do not appear to have started hostilities themselves at all but have certainly participated then. Even the Iraqi War was an Iraqi attack and they ultimately lost that by been bled to exhaustion.
In short, their actions have been measured which is not something one can call their allies or enemies. It may be possible to do business with them in the hope that wiser heads will ultimately rework the political life of Iran.
Their rhetoric has never been measured and we must ask the question of why? I want to say that i do not know what i do not know here and would welcome wisdom on the actual weight we should give it. Both North Korea and Iran are asking for a preemptive strike of the most savage kind aimed at neutralizing all possible nuclear ambitions. They may simply not mean it. .
Clinton is of two minds about Iran nuke deal