What Iran today has in common with the U.S. in 2008

The Washington Post's Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, is visiting the office this week. He sat down with the Post TV team to talk about this potentially historic moment for Iran and particularly its relationship with the United States. Rezaian, beyond being a great reporter, is for my money one of the most thoughtful Iran analysts writing today. His interview is well worth the four minutes:

Do read Jason's recent story on visiting the U.S. embassy building in Tehran, which has been converted into a sort of museum on American evils and a shrine to U.S.-Iran enmity. It was opened to visitors on Monday for the anniversary of the 1979 revolutionary takeover of the building.

Only rarely is the compound open to the public, but its doors were flung wide in the week leading up to this year’s anniversary, and foreign visitors — including a few Americans — went on a tour.

“Why not?" guide Mohammad Reza Shoghi said when the Americans asked whether they could see a bit more of the grounds. “It belongs to you."

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