We see on this photo, above, of a recent execution in Iran, one of the young victims, unfairly condemned to death, laying his head on the shoulder of his masked executer while crying, right before the noose around his neck hangs him.
What mechanism drives this hopeless man to become a sympathiser of his executioner seems in the first view a puzzle. In a deeper analysis, it seems to be derived from a very old attitude embodied in our collective consciousness, when long ago our captured ancestors hopelessly became sympathisers of their Muslim captors during the two centuries Iran was occupied by them.
This odd attitude can remind us of a deep submissiveness in Iranian collective consciousness. Since the occupation of Iran in the 7th century, when the early Muslim invaders brutally imposed their cult of Islam, Iranians unconsciously became hostages of their captors’ cult and holy legends.
The pathological attitude is called Stockholm syndrome, an emotional bond between the hostages and their captors which is frequently observed when the hostages are held for long periods of time under emotional straining circumstances.
So, this man before his death can symbolise this pathological love for his captor or that of millions of Iranians whose ancestors were unfairly killed, enslaved, humiliated, raped, robbed, and suavely treated by the Muslim invaders, but are still, partially or unconsciously, submissive to the cult and legends of the same invaders.