If the Republican Minority-Rule Regime drags us into another war, it's quite likely that Iran would be the target, given that country's status as the wingnuts' current bogeyman and major object of Trump's blunderingly belligerent rhetoric. Herewith, some images of the country they'd be taking us to war against (click for bigger versions).
Tehran, the capital city:
Tehran's metro-area population is 16 million, larger than any US metro area except New York.
Maydan-e Shâh (Royal Square), Isfahan:
Traditional dresses (this is a Persian New Year celebration):
Protester helping injured police officer during the 2009 anti-regime demonstrations:
Satellite dishes (to access foreign TV) are a common sight in Iran:
Children's play area, shopping mall, Shiraz:
Borj-e Âzâdî (Persian history monument), Tehran:
Ruins of Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshîd), the imperial capital founded by King Darius I around 515 BC:
The Iranian sense of national identity is very deep-rooted, reaching back to the coronation of Cyrus the Great
in 559 BC, more than 300 years before China first became a unified state.
This is Mohammed Mosaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1953:
Mosaddegh led the first serious attempt to bring real democracy to Iran and expel foreign domination, only to be overthrown by the US/British-backed coup of 1953 which restored the rule of the Shah. Most Americans have barely heard of him, but this history is well-known in Iran.
Iraq-Iran geographical size comparison:
Iraq at the time of the 2003 US invasion had a population of about 18 million. Iran's current population is 83 million, about equal to Germany, or more than one-fourth the population of the US.
And of course one cannot ignore pictures like this:
The struggle against the brutal theocratic regime is an ongoing one. The 2009 demonstrations were the largest protest marches in the history of the world, drawing crowds in the millions. The current President, Hassan Rouhani, is a reformist who has made some substantial changes, but Islamist hard-liners control much of the government and often retain the upper hand. It is very unlikely that an attack by a foreign power, especially one still resented for the 1953 coup, would improve the situation.