Actually Dad - incorrect:
First of all I am Persian: Second of all 'Arab Street' is a lowsy way to categorize all Muslims simply because there are millions upon millions of non-Arab muslims. Third: Persian culture and contributions to the world are some of the most important ever made by man. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was formulated by Cyrus The Great who was a great Persian general and leader - who freed thousands of Jews from Babylonian prisons. Have you ever heard of Omar Khayyam or Hafez or Ferdowsi or Rumi? Who do you think came up with Algebra? Who devised much of the physics and stuff we know about the universe and planets?
Okay - so you believe that Persians said "fuck it" and are responsible for the fanaticism eminating from the Middle East. If you believe that, then that's your perogative - but I hate to tell you, you're wrong. Persians in fact throughout history have been fighting fanaticism - whether from Islam or any other invading force. Persian Poetry and artwork always talks about and depicts a constant battle against the dirty clerics -
The true religion of Persians is Zoroastrianism - and I tell you it goes much much further back in history than Christianity, Judaism and Islam.. Where do you think much of the Christmas ideas come from or many celebrations in other religions?
You have your views and your obviously welcome to them.
As for the Persian "constant battle against the dirty clerics", your losing in a big way and the rest of the world is being forced to clean up the mess.