As someone who knows the political system of Iran, I can tell you what peter meant by Iran being more democratic than the Persian Gulf states is correct. I am no fan of the mullahs regime, but there are more democratic measures instilled in the system and a lot of civic participation that makes a laughing stock of the said arab states. That must've been obvious to you if you really followed the pre and post-election events in Iran. The election coup, while unanticipated, has become a catalyst that'll unseat the regime. No matter how much atrocity and oppression the regime puts on the society, people aren't budgin. Just three days ago there were student protests in all universities. One grand mullah figure came out yesterday saying that in the face of repression (something the regime has continually denied), the movement is well and alive -- and this guys is a hardliner!! The fact is that the regime is no longer in charge of the undercurrents. The friction between the state and the society will bring about change by the people themselves. And it'll be sooner than later, unless some stupid foreign elements decide to derail it which will be an unfortunate thing not just for the Iranians but for the region as a whole.
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from the article: U.S. Defense Secretary: Gulf Arab states back Iran nuclear sanctions