Presidential Blessings

For a man who once publicly condemned Iran as a member of an "international version of Murder Incorporated" for sponsoring terrorism, Ronald Reagan was far more conciliatory in private. Perhaps the President's most unusual secret overture to Tehran was highlighted last week when Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the speaker of Iran's parliament, confirmed that Reagan had sent an inscribed Bible as a sign of friendship. Rafsanjani gleefully displayed the leather-bound book bearing Reagan's signature beneath a passage from St. Paul's letter to the Galatians (Galatians 3: 8). It read, "And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by...

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