In the late 70's, Iran and Spain shared several commonalities: (a) they both had struggling monarchies with a 30 year+ legacy of dictatorship, (b) they both had a gross national products of about $50 Bn, and (c) both had populations of about 40 Million. Here we are 30 years later, Spain is a vibrant democracy, with a population of still about 40 Million and a GNP of $1 Trillion. Iran on the other hand is Islamic Theocracy, a GNP of $118 Billion and roughly double the population. Spain has no natural resources to speak of. Iran has been sitting on one of the largest oil and gas reserves in the world. Spain hosted the Soccer world cup ('96), the Olympics ('92) ...and has visibly left behind its legacy of religious totalitarianism "the Inquisition" in the dark ages of the 13th century, and dictatorship in the 20th century. Iran on the other hand, simply rolled back the clocks some 600 years.
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