And that is how she kept up her morale. She requested the prison guards to wake her up at 6:30, (or was it 5:30?) and did Pilates for an hour, before they came and blindfolded her and led her for interrogations. After interrogations, she did pilates for the rest of the day. She got this extraordinary discipline from not Madonna or Gwyneth Paltrow, but in fact from her mother (who else?). She also loves Persian literature. Her experience in prison taught her to feel lucky she lived in a free country (America, of course, where else?). Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were two of the names which were dropped when discussing the people who were somehow involved in obtaining her release and putting her on a plane out of her maternal country, and back to the civilized world. The thugs who had arrested her were evil, by the way.
Well. How to articulate my fury and disgust at the interview of Iranian-Austrian woman Haleh Esfandiari? She was held for a while in E^&*%n prison in Tehran a couple of years back. She has a book coming out describing her ordeal. She should remember to pay the commission.
So, Khanoum-e Doktor Esfandiari, how were you released again? Why did they want to save you? And what about all those prisoners left behind, who do not have the good fortune to hold an American passport or direct a Centre for the Middle East in Washington with some crummy name? Whose bodies, by all accounts, are not left in any shape or form to practise Pilates? You never even mentioned them in the interview- How DARE you, you self-centred, cheap, ridiculous woman talk of doing Pilates in a prison where people who do not have an American passport and who do not have Hillary Clinton on their cases are tortured? are raped? How dare you claim homage as a former prisoner?
I’m glad you weren’t tortured, Madam, and that you were able to return to the country where you feel so fortunate to live. But Khanoom jan, believe me, you chose the worst time possible to release a book about your stupid experiences in prison and your love of Persian literature. Why didn’t you release the book after your return to America- before all this happened? is happening? will continue to happen? Did you feel this was a better moment to cash in on your pilates performance in Tehran?
And listen, why didn’t you address the charges in the interview? You know, I’m not really interested in how many hours of Pilates you did. I don’t give a handful of stinky mud that your mother instilled a love of Persian art in you. But I am interested to know whether any of the charges were actually TRUE or not? Have American funds never been used to meddle in the internal affairs of a country before? Are there really no American spies in Iran? Why is the idea that you are basically a spy so ridiculous that we are supposed to fall down clutching our stomachs with laughter at the very thought? Has the history of our country been free from the tragic and evil interference of Britain and America?
Excuse me, but have you noticed how Americans act towards people whom they suspect of disrupting their system? Not exactly overflowing with milk of human kindness, are they? Have you noticed that? Don’t you find your gratitude to the Americans a bit…embarassing? Don’t you find your labelling of the Iranians a bit…naive? You are a Doktor after all. You should be able to see beyond the mindless facile media constructions fed to the masses.
But no, I forgot, you are addressing ordinary people now, aren’t you? You are part of the facile media constructions now, aren’t you?
Good luck to you, Khanoum-e Doktor. And keep up with the Pilates. You might want to set up a Pilates studio one day- you might have better success at that than doing “research” on Middle East.