The Guardian on all the heat that Roger Cohen is getting for being open-minded about Iran:
Cohen said he was stunned by the vehemence of the response, an
impression exacerbated when he visited exiled Iranian Jews in
California and was abusively heckled. "I was surprised at the anger and
intensity of the reaction … I expected a reaction but did not expect
it to blow up into a whole furore," Cohen said.
the reason for the intensity of the attack is the fact that he is
Jewish himself. "I think it's partly my name. The 'self-hating Jew'
things can come to the surface in some of the responses," he said.