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.