The Persians are a powerful non-aligned power.  They are one of the most ancient civilizations on Earth.  They say the oldest.  They have ruled the known world, and been ruled by it.  They have seen civilizations rise and fall.  They have survived every occupation of their land, Greek, Mongol, and even Islam, and risen again.  Other young upstarts come and go with the wind, but Persia will stand for all time.  They are the superior culture.  Such is their mindset.