Iran, modern world nations
Once a great world civilization, Iran still is one of the most fascinating nations of the modern world. It is also one of the world’s most misunderstood countries. The political upheaval following the 1979 revolution created an image of Iran throughout the Western world, particularly in the United States, characterized by religious fanaticism, terrorism, and anti-Americanism. This image, though partially accurate, by no means represents the true nature of Iran and Iranians. As a matter of fact, up to the time of the revolution, Iran was a close friend of the United States. American presidents and officials frequently visited Iran and spent their vacations there. American advisers and consultants were seen all over the country, advising the government, the military, and industrial and other private enterprises.