I know a Jew who was from Iran. He got out when he was a little kid, but he said they treated him like shit. Beat him, made him stand in his classes and wouldn't give him a chair, etc. He hated to even talk about it, because even here in the states, his father and grandfather would start having flashbacks and become irrationally fearful that the government would somehow know they were talking about them, and come busting down their door. He was really crazy from the abuse, and his father and grandfather were even worse. You don't get that way from living a normal, peaceful life, like the Jews the Iranian government parades in front of the TV always say they are living. It is easier for most people to say "yeah, things are great" a few times when you know it is bullshit, than it is to die for one minute of wasted defiance.