CHAPTER 31The Middle East

IN 1984, THREE YEARS before Gorbachev’s visit to Washington, Jerry Seib had been the Journal’s Middle East correspondent when Barbara and I, Peter Kann and Karen House, and Bob and Edie Bartley visited Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Jerry and his wife, Barbara Rosewicz, also a Journal reporter, shepherded us around, arranged interviews, and were both good company and helpful authorities on the background of the region. A little over two years later, at the end of January 1987, Jerry Seib was being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison by Iran’s radical Islamic regime, and his companions on the 1984 trip were working feverishly, and thankfully successfully, to get him out.

Before we departed for the Middle East on ...

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