To understand the mural from an Iranian perspective, you’d need to spend three or four lifetimes studying its 6000 or so years of continuous inhabitation. Since that’s out of the question, let’s go back to the middle of the last century, when the world was just starting to recover from the carnage of the planet-sized barroom brawl known as World War II. Along about 1951, Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq managed to nationalize the oil industry, wrestling control away from the British. This was a two-pronged assault upon everything held to be Holy by the burgeoning U.S. Empire and its client European states. Not only was Iran using its natural resources for the common good (socialism), it was taking control of the most sacred substance on earth (oil). What was Mosaddeq thinking? There’s a hero and a fool born every minute; often in the same body.