Whatever one may think of the Iran’s behavior up to now, Iran is presently choosing a high-risk strategy. Between President Ahmadinejad’s Jew- and gay- baiting speech in New York City to the sealing of the Kurdish border, the Islamic Republic has gone beyond the tit-for-tat proxy battles against America to actions that alienate potential sympathizers. (Specifically, Iran’s actions tick off American liberals and Iraqi Kurds, two groups with interests halfway between Washington’s and Tehran’s).
There’s no need to think that Iran’s government is crazy, or evil, or desperate. Merely that they see a bad situation getting worse and that normal behavior on their part would lead to bad outcomes.