From a senior engineer of Iranian descent often in Iran:
The view from within Iran is that, “help us get rid of this regime”, people are even willing to welcome an all out air assault if it ends up with an eventual regime change , move to secularize, and early stages of democracy.
I do not see an attack on Iran in the coming year. However if there is ever a good time to attack the regime with air strikes this is it. The removal of the subsidies by the government every day common goods which accrued about 3 months ago which has now resulted in a major price increase on common good is just hitting the average poke book.
The utilities have gone up over %50 and in some cases more than doubled.
The number of factories closing down and the businesses going out of business which results in major layoffs is on the rise. The oil exports are decreasing and more oil wells are being shut down due to technical problems.
The majority of people have lost hope of meaningful reform.
You know I don't know, if Iran will be attacked or not. The world had many reasons and opportunities to do so before. I think they will just wait and see this regime dissolve itself and fail. It is the least expensive way. I certainly see no cohesive policy toward Iran from the US.
Phi Beta Iota: The US/NATO attacks on Libya started out as a “no fly zone” that was eminently sensible, and now have graduated into a blatant campaign of illegal immoral war crime air strikes against the capital city of a sovereign nation. We have no doubt there are ideological and amoral professionals across the US Government would would do the same thing to Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela if they thought they could get away with it. What the US Government should be doing is supporting Liberation Technology while “doing no harm” itself. It's that last part that the out of control defense, state, justice, and homeland security departments cannot handle. They do vastly more harm to the future of the USA than any unimaginably large legion of “terrorists” could do.