Re: In other news
"While 1930s Japan (and today's Iran) certainly were/are less than ideal global citizens..."
I agree with the main thrust of your comment, but this remark is completely over the top. There is no possible comparison between the two cases.
In the 1930s Japan was aiming to establish itself as a peer of the USA, Britain, France and other Western imperial powers. Having been told, in about 1898, by Teddy Roosevelt that they were now "honorary Aryans" (look it up if you don't believe it) they felt entitled to behave like "Aryans". So they set out to create an empire comparable with those of Britain and France. They attacked and occupied Korea and China, killing millions of their citizens, and their armed forces expanded through the islands of South-East Asia and the Pacific.
In stark contrast, Iran has never attacked another country - certainly not for several centuries, at least - and is committed to a peaceful existence.
The only common factor is that the US government wishes to overthrow Iran, just as it wished to overthrow Japan in the 1930s.