they often feel alienated because their country is surrounded by arabs, and their country is being run like an arab country, and when they leave their country, they are often mistaken for arabs. when the fact of the matter is that persians hate arabs probably more than any other race on the face of the planet.
non-persian: "Yo, take off your sweater, man, aren't you hot?"
persian: "i'm not wearing a sweater..."
non-persian: "what a persian you are"