In a recent survey conducted by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland and IranPoll, only 0.3 percent of Iranians selected "lack of civil liberties" as the most important problem or challenge currently facing Iran. "Injustice" was also at the bottom of the list of grievances, at just 1.4 percent.
Respondents overwhelmingly selected unemployment (40.1 percent) as the largest problem facing the country, followed by inflation and high costs of living (12.5 percent), youth unemployment (9.4 percent), low incomes (6.9 percent) and financial corruption/embezzlement (6 percent).
But after listening to Washington's bloviating, you would never know that the economy, not an 'evil regime that suffocates your dreams and buries your hopes,' is the primary source of discontent in Iran. In one of her many melodramatic performances in front of the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the Iranian protesters were a "powerful exhibition of brave people who have become so fed up with their oppressive government that they're willing to risk their lives in protest."