The power of Iran’s hard-lin­ers

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION - Gary W. Litch­field, Rockville

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.

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