Maziar Bahari would eventually betray the Revolution. He was a

man at odds with himself, a man who knew one

life, one calling, and had abandoned them. I had seen

it before. I had seen it, even in men who

had undergone a complete ideological rehearsal, who in the secret

hours of the night had questioned the Revolution, and alone,

compelled by the internal power of their convictions had betrayed

their calling, their religion, their country. Even they, filled as

they were with new zeal and new hope, had had

to struggle against the stigma of treachery — the ultimate infidelity.


Paraphrases from the novel The Spy who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré.