30 years ago ... Khamenei talking with a hostage in Parsi

by didani
The (current) Leader Visits the Hostages

A fascinating video. Ali Khamenei is asking the hostage: “what do you need? do you have any problems here we can fix? Regarding hygiene, food, accommodations … please let us know, we can fix it.” And the hostage keeps insisting that there are no problems except “the biggest problem of all”. Khamenei finishes it off for him: “the problem of being here? Well, we hope to god that the rulers of tyranny in the world will come to their senses and will release that Iranian criminal so that you can return home safe and sound.”

When they sit down, then Khamenei asks him again one by one: “do you have books to read? do you have baths? Is everything o.k.?” Once he answers, K. asks: “how long have you been in Iran?”

The man replies: “four years. But yes, there is a problem. Iranians are too taarofi. [that particular brand of Iranian chivalry, which Khamenei was using at the beginning.] When you go to their house, the keep insisting that you have to stay. They don’t want you to leave.”

They get into a very diplomatic, amusing argument. Worth watching.


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by Monda on

arz e tashakkor for this very interesting find!



by yolanda on

Thank you, Craig, for the side by side accounts.



ex programmer craig


by ex programmer craig on

What IRI said:

Iranian hostage
takers and government officials often expressed the belief that the
hostages were "guests" treated with respect. 
In America, an Iranian charge d'affairs, Ali Agha, indignantly stormed
out of meeting with an American official, exclaiming `We are not
mistreating the hostages. They are being very well taken care of in
Tehran. They are our guests.

In Iran one guard told several hostages `We want you to feel that you
are our guests,` and complained that use of the word "guard" was `too

Visiting Iranian officials asked hostages `What can I do for you? We want to make you more comfortable.`and told another surprised hostage that they, the hostages, should be
grateful that Iran was protecting them from attempts by the US
government to kill them.


What the hostages said:

In interviews and their accounts of captivity, however, many hostages complained of beatings, theft, the fear of being paraded blindfold before a large, angry chanting crowd outside the embassy, having their hands bound "day and night" for days or even weeks, long periods of solitary confinement and months of being forbidden to speak to one another or stand, walk, and leave their space unless they were going to the bathroom. In particular they felt the threat of trial and execution, as all of the hostages "were threatened repeatedly with execution, and took it seriously."

The most terrifying night for the hostages came on February 5, 1980,
when guards in black ski masks rousted the 53 hostages from their sleep
and led them blindfolded to other rooms. They were searched after being
ordered to strip to their underwear and keep their hands up. The mock
execution ended after the guards cocked their weapons and readied them
to fire but finally ejected their rounds and told the prisoners to pull
up their pants. The hostages were later told the exercise was "just a
joke" and something the guards "had wanted to do."

Michael Metrinko, the most disrespectful and poorly treated hostage,
was kept in solitary confinement for months. On two occasion when he
insulted the Ayatollah Khomeini he was punished especially severely -
the first time being kept in handcuffs for 24 hours a day for two weeks, and being beaten and kept alone in a freezing cell for two weeks with a diet of bread and water the second time.

And etc...





by HollyUSA on

How well this non-Iranian guy has learned so perfectly, the disgusting Iranian 'honar' of 'ba panbeh sar boridan'. I guess if nothing else, we're good at teaching our bad habits.



by yolanda on

Thank you for the video and English translation, Wow! It is amazing they looked relaxed and they were all smiling.