It’s the small things that tell us the most.
Iran’s great “moderate” “reformer,” Mohammed Khatami, shook hands with a woman in Italy while chatting genially with a group of women who were not covered from head to toe, or even wearing head-scarves.
This is a scandal in Iran.
So what is the Moderate Reformer’s reaction? Did he tell his critics to stop being ridiculous?
Nope. He claims, preposterously, that the pictures and film footage of the incident are fakes … while concurrently announcing he is withdrawing his from a 2009 presidential bid.
I’d like to be encouraged that there is a swelling democracy movement in Iran ready to revolt against the regime any time now. But what does it say about the state of things in mullah-land that the hero of what passes for liberal reform there feels he has to deny shaking hands with a woman?
The Guardian has it, here.