Let's Talk

Reporter Out of Iran Jail Speaks Up

Even after having spent 118 days in Iran's notorious Evin Prison, Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari says the west must continue talking to Iran. In a Washington Post op-ed, Bahari describes the insecurities and fear of his captors and the Revolutionary Guard which controls Iran. "So can the West, especially the United States, have a dialogue with these people?" Bahari asks. "Yes. Because there is no other choice. The West has to negotiate with Iran on the nuclear program and the stability of Iraq and Afghanistan. Not talking to Tehran doesn't work." The U.S. must do everything it can to prevent a nuclear Iran, Bahari says. Bahari adds, "We have been brutalized to think of the world in black and white. Seeing the shades of gray can be our strongest weapon against those who would jail, beat and torture us."