Forbes Opinion #ForeignAffairs
By Ali Safavi
Mr. Safavi (@amsafavi) is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
In autumn of 1985, I attended a hearing on Iran at the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Who is this Iranian leader who wants to change Iran’s policies?” one lawmaker asked the expert, referring to Parliament Speaker Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as a “moderate.” As an Iranian living in exile, I was stunned. “Where are they getting this idea that Rafsanjani is a moderate?” I whispered to a colleague