"The Americans can't simply withdraw from Iraq, leaving the mess as it is. Who's going to look for the safety of the Iraqis there? The Iranians can't do it. The Turks can't do it ... This is not a question of political rivalry between Iran and the West. It has to do with the fact that the society has to have a government structure in place," - Iranian political scientist Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh, on state-run Iranian television.