Iran: Cry Spy! Cry Wolf?

Cry Spy! Cry Wolf?

Events in Iran are often fueled by forces that are not immediately apparent. Thus it was difficult to know quite what to make of the verbal missile fired last week by parliament Speaker Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during a prayer session at Tehran University. Several "big American spies," he announced, had been arrested and would be punished for plotting to overthrow Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Although he did not name names, Rafsanjani said some of those detained were Iranian navy personnel who aided the U.S. when it was patrolling the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq war. He cited an incident in September...

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