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: As the U.S. and Britain seek to withdraw their troops from Iraq, the Bush administration accuses Iran of arming and financing terrorists, urging Shi'ite warlords to set up a second Islamic theocracy in south and central Iraq, and reaching out for nuclear weapons. Iran calls America the "Great Satan", rebuffs efforts to inspect its nuclear installations and uses its oil resources to induce China and Russia to veto UN sanctions. Are the U.S. and Iran on a collision course? Sir Eldon Griffiths' twenty-four "snapshots" of Iran are rich in anecdotes, interviews with Mossadegh and the Shah, revelations about the origins of Iran's nuclear power program, insights into President Carter's failed attempt to rescue the American diplomats held captive by Khomeini's revolutionary guards and President Reagan's offer to trade U.S. missiles for other U.S. hostages. Recent visits to Iran lead the author to suggest a twin track peace deal based on a non-aggression pact covering Iran's fears of invasion, the future security of Iraq and a nuclear free Middle East.