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Eli Lake

Iran's War on Drugs Shows How It Would 'Help' in Syria

A state cannot win legitimacy while executing hundreds of drug offenders and fomenting war.
Rouhani can do the diplomacy thing and the war thing.

Rouhani can do the diplomacy thing and the war thing.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

This week, in a little-noticed report, a U.N. official may have helped solve a riddle about Iran. Since President Hassan Rouhani's election in 2013, state executions in Iran have spiked. How could a man who promised to free political prisoners preside over this reign of terror?

It turns out part of the answer, at least, is the global war on drugs.