Please accept my apologies. (With thanks to Theo for pointing this
I said the Iranians were Arabs ... they are not, of course, they are
Persians who - by and large - are Muslims ... with small pockets of
other stuff, including Zoroastrians, Christians, Jews, and Bahá'ís
and even atheists and agnostics.
But overwhelmingly Muslim ... which was the point of my e-mail.
(And, it's also been pointed out, speak Iranian not Arabic! They are
an ancient nation of scientists, poets and philosophers.
Check out Omar Khayyam).
(Apologies ... but we can all make silly mistakes, sometimes)