The United States has been carrying on a war in Iraq since 2003 and at the least the promoters of that war should pronounce the name of that country correctly. It is not 'Eye-rack' with the emphasis on the second syllable but it is "I-rak' with a short 'I' and the emphasis is on the first syllable. The same is true of Iran. It is not 'Eye-ran.' It is 'I-ran' and and the emphasis is on the first syllable.
Along the same lines, don't confuse the people of Afghanistan with their currency. This morning on the news I heard Secretary of Defense Gates refer to the people of Afghanistan as the "Afghanis." The people of Afghanistan are Afghans and the currency of that country is the afghani.
Now I feel better!