Still my concern too. Two points though: First, Iranians are amongst the most generous people in the world. They are always giving to the poor, and helping where they can. Second, having said that, what proportion of poor to rich? I think this is the key. If one rich family has to feed another 10, it might not be ideal. If one family only needs to help one other family, then I know people will be willing to help. The other issue is: what price freedom? I'd expect that if it was over soon, Iranians would be prepared to endure all sorts of hardship, and help others in the process. Oh yes it is... particularly if there's a threat of charges in an international court. I doubt they care much about any embarrassment (both domestically and internationally) to date otherwise they'd stop ripping off the people and care a bit more about international opinion. Clearly they don't. How much would it take? A great deal I'd expect! ROTFL... I'm positive they don't give a hoot. They haven't so far. And their most important trade partners (govt trade, not business) is conducted with countries that are already friends, even despite all that the regime has done. No, LOL, they are legends in their own minds. Much more to do with believing their own BS, than reality. Totally with you on that one. One half hour class on loyalty and the importance of working for a cause, will take care of any Basij who isn't happy being paid in chickens and potatoes. To others reading this, this is a morally bereft and corrupt regime. Put all your sense of right and wrong aside when making assumptions. They've played dirty for such a long time, that most Iranians used to just roll their eyes and get on with whatever they were doing. Yes, not any longer, but I think a sense of powerlessness still pervades the cause. Look at history and how long it took for other ordinary people to get rid of corrupt regimes. How long has Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected leader, been under house arrest in Myanmar? And what trumped-up charges this time made sure she has nothing to do with the upcoming election? Corrupt and violent regimes can do almost anything they want. Empowering ordinary Iranians and giving them hope that all they are doing will have some positive end, is paramount to the process. Even Iranians in my family and friends, both here and in Iran, are quite despondent at the moment. They know this will take a long time, and they can no longer take any more news of people being bashed, imprisoned, raped and killed. It's too much for people who are kind, sensitive, caring and really wonderful people. Me too I might add, but I'm in for the long haul with whatever I can do. So, let's give this thread some more analysis and discussion and maybe we can all agree on the right way to go about the financial thing.