Hikers’ Heart of Darkness


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Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal suffered terrible indignities during two years of imprisonment in an Iranian jail. But they are relieved now – as they have dutifully paid their karmic debt for the sin of being American. That’s why, when they were recently released from the Mullahs’ jaws and appeared at a press conference in the U.S. upon their return, they expressed their heartfelt gratitude to their Islamist tormentors by blaming America first. Indeed, the country that won their freedom and now gives them sanctuary is, as before, the target of their leftist wrath.

One can’t help but wonder: What exactly were Bauer, Fattal and Sarah Shourd (released a year earlier) doing hiking on the border of an Islamist genocidal tyranny that declared war on their country 32 years ago – and that today murders Americans with relish in Iraq and Afghanistan? They couldn’t find solace in hiking in Colorado? Why is it that every other American I know has never “mistakenly” stumbled into Iranian territory?

Well, the answer is quite simple: Bauer, Fattal and Shourd are the fellow travelers of our time – and protecting their own personal safety on their political pilgrimage was, consequently, the last thing they were hoping for. They were, in fact, lusting for the very opposite – as all fellow travelers do.

This particular episode of fellow traveling had all the usual toxic ingredients; it unfolded according to the expected script. Like thousands of leftists before them, the three progressive pilgrims, in their rejection of their own society, journeyed to an enemy death camp where they could prostrate themselves before their totalitarian secular deity. As I have documented in “United in Hate,” the political pilgrims’ yearning to worship at the feet of the despotic adversary is almost always accompanied by the yearning to sacrifice one’s life on the altar of their utopian ideals.

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  • PhillipGaley

    . . . . journeyed to an enemy death camp where he could prostrate himself in obeisance to his idea of a totalitarian deity. . . . and, wasn't there an Italian fellow (traveler) recently, who journeyed to Israel, without inspiration, and without hope in this life, nor hope for the next, who did the very same thing; and most probably—in macabre way—despite the pain of decapitation, satisfied to feel his empty and otherwise wretched existence end in a gurgling confusion, choking on his blood, . . . and maybe in a dying thought: "I coulda been somebody, . . . but the dirty rotten USA, and the dirty rotten Jews ruined my life, like they have the lives of so very many others, and now, I'll be gone, and they won't have me to kick around any more. I coulda been somebody, I coulda made a stand, . . ."?

    Sorry kids, but you'da had ta'lived on the left coast for maybe twenty years t'see the humor of it all, . . . and how Lynn Stewart would fit right in, . . .

    • poetcomic1

      Kids? Aren't they pushing thirty?

  • davarino

    Exactly, there is no tragedy here. This was planned and the outcome was desired. Thanks for playing kids but I see right through it.

  • Ruthlessma

    They should make their next trek to Mogadishu. Adios morons.

  • KarshiKhanabad

    So who ponied up the one million smackers to bail out these chowderheads?

    If you answered "we the taxpayers" you're right. Too bad Imadamnnutjob wasn't told he could keep them and that we didn't care for how long. Screwed up world.

  • maturin20

    This article misrepresents how these hikers spoke about their imprisonment.

  • Ghostwriter

    In what way,maturin20? To me,they're a bunch of fools who should never have been hiking near the Iran-Iraq border in the first place.

    • maturin20

      This article says that these hikers thought that they deserved their imprisonment because they were Americans, when they have repeatedly said that Iran imprisoned them unjustly and without cause, that conditions were brutal and appalling and unjustified by common decency.

  • Serafino

    Let them go pick berries near the North Korean border… let's see what happens. These are deeply miserable, unhappy and depressed young liberals. They should be enjoying the best time of their life, setting and accomplishing real goals, doing practical and important things for their country that gave them everything – from a priviledged life in Elkins Park, PA (where they are from) to the ability to travel abroad. What an ungrateful unpleasant breed…

  • ari

    I hear North Korea is looking for some hikers, any takers?

  • sedoanman

    "What exactly were Bauer, Fattal and Sarah Shourd (released a year earlier) doing hiking on the border of an Islamist genocidal tyranny …"

    Brain damage, as Bill Cosby would say.

  • mrbean

    Islam enjoys a large and influential ally among the non-Muslims: A new generation of “Useful Idiots,” the sort of people Lenin identified living in liberal democracies who furthered the work of communism. This new generation of Useful Idiots also lives in liberal democracies, but serves the cause of Islamofascism—another virulent form of totalitarian ideology. Useful Idiots are naïve, foolish, ignorant of facts, unrealistically idealistic, dreamers, willfully in denial or deceptive. They hail from the ranks of the chronically unhappy, the anarchists, the aspiring revolutionaries, the neurotics who are at war with life, the disaffected alienated from government, corporations, and just about any and all institutions of society.