The Corner

Re: Mehdi Karroubi

He is a bit like Khatami; he was part and parcel to the regime, but if he is going so far into opposition, that’s good. Revolutions can’t be purist and ignore all those once caught up. The umbrella has to be fairly large if there will be change. So, in short, a little trust, followed by a heck of a lot of verification.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.