Like the rebel theologian, we believe in the perfectibility of mankind, the ability of people to make the right choices, do good and make things better.
Trump wants to demolish the Obama legacy, and to woo a hard-line Republican element.
Led by its ruthless Revolutionary Guards, Iran will do whatever it takes to defend and preserve the Islamic Republic.
Remembering the Maltese journalist killed by a car bomb, minutes after she warned about "crooks".
How this conflict – played out in the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia – is destabilising the world.
Why the real history of the Peace of Westphalia in 17th-century Europe offers a model for bringing stability to the Middle East.
Above all, the Islamic republic wants stability – and to fight back against a group that despises Shia Muslims.