Nation: A Mullah's View: No Deal, Sir

Mohammed Javad Bahonar, 46, an Islamic scholar who has been a leading figure on Iran's 15-man Revolutionary Council for the past year, sat with his legs crossed on the floor of his small apartment in Tehran and offered a partisan assessment of the current crisis: His fervent arguments illustrate the gulf between the Iranian version of the conflict and the view of it held by the outside world. As he talked with TIME's Bruce van Voorst, Bahonar fingered his horn-rimmed glasses like modern worry beads:

Q. Isn't the reaction in Iran to the Shah's presence in the U.S. out of all proportion...

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