Everyone is understandably talking about Neda Agha Sultan, the Iranian woman who was shot to death during the recent protests, but Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a former vice president of Iran, who was on the Daily Show on Monday night, really got to me. He was just so sweet and dignified and generous of spirit, and his son … actually I’m reading his bio and he says he has three daughters. Maybe that was a son-in-law?
Anyway, Mohammad Ali Abtahi was arrested on June 16th. If you see the interview he’s just so gentle and manages to remain poised and kind while Jason Jones does his Jason Jones/Daily Show thing. It’s horrible to think that someone so gentle has been arrested and, as someone said, based on the arrests during the last large protest in Iran, things do not go well for people who are arrested during protests in Iran.