The power of Iran’s hard-liners
Regarding the Oct. 13 editorial “A ludicrous verdict in Iran”:
One must conclude it was not the reasonably responsible Iranian leaders we see on ”Charlie Rose” nor those who negotiated the recent nuclear agreement who decided Post correspondent Jason Rezaian’s fate. Had it been their decision, he would be free today. The real powers behind Mr. Rezaian’s conviction appear to be the Quds Force and other hardliners. They, in conjunction with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made the decision to convict. As such, ultimate power in Iran seems to reside in these anti-Western hard-liners. Throughout the entire affair, the hard-liners have demonstrated no respect for law or universally accepted norms of conduct. Should we expect them to act differently when it comes to implementing the recently concluded nuclear deal? Their contempt for world opinion and their disdain for the law was demonstrated in the detention, in the courtroom and in the decision.