Iranians Appear To Be Ratcheting Up Hostage Diplomacy

New York Sun

… “Is this the way to negotiate? Mora should go home,” one of the 52 American diplomats Iran held hostage in 1979, Barry Rosen, told the Sun. Ever since that hostage crisis at the onset of the Khomeini revolution, the Islamic Republic has used the arrest, torture, and execution of Westerners as one of its top tools for advancing diplomacy. “The Iranian regime’s threat to execute Ahmadreza Djalali and its most recent move to detain more European nationals are simply more examples of its heinous proclivity to take hostages to use as political leverage to accomplish its goals,” Mr. Rosen said.