No one is saying, or at least I'm not saying, that Iran is "enlightened". But, relative to Saudi Arabia, it's a more pluralistic, and more embracing of women's rights, stoning notwithstanding.
Unless you've actually been to the Kingdom, it's difficult to understand how oppressive the regime is. While I never experienced East Berlin, I imagine it was similar.
I’ve lived in Bahrain and know many from Iran and those who have lived in Saudia Arabia. SA is the utter pits. Iran has problems and extremism, but if you want to compare muck to muck, Saudia is sh*te