I was in Tehran when the most repeated propaganda about the Iranian threat to "wipe Israel off the map" started. I knew the New York Times reporter whose "mistranslation' (to put it politely) of a speech began the demonistaion/ propanganda push. That lie, which is what it really is, is still repeated by lying leaders and media who should, and actually do, know better.
I was in Iran when the move to invade Iraq began. I watched the War and learnt about how it was just the beginning of a new great game. "The real men" -among the diplomats and soldiers- I was often told, " were waiting to go to Iran" They are still waiting. Iran is still the Big Prize. The Big Plunder waiting to happen.