|In fact, there is so little we know here in the states about Iranians. The fact that Persians are not Arabic; they're Indo-European. For example.
But that is another story for another day.
As we await the election results, we do know: President Obama appealed to the Muslim world not many days ago in a speech in Cairo.
He was the first US president to acknowledge that we overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran during the Cold War.
He did not mention, and did not have to, as widely known as it is, that we gave chemical weapons to Hussein, who used them against the Iranians.
So, this passage from Auden, from September 1, 1939:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.
As teacherken always ends his poetry,