Although towers of ilium occasionally sends staff to far away places--Fitchburg, for example, the middle east remains a mystery. Tehran is just as unknown as Pittsburgh. Most American media portrays Iran as images of its leaders, which leads to a great misunderstanding of what is going on there. The recent election demonstrates that most people there care much more deeply about domestic affairs than foreign policy. Money, pollution, corruption, and opportunity are the concerns that demand the most attention from politicians. Trump, Saudi Arabia, and ISIL are distractions from daily problems.