Hikers’ Heart of Darkness

Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror. His new book is High Noon For America. He is the host of Frontpage’s television show, The Glazov Gang, and he can be reached at jamieglazov11@gmail.com. Visit his site at JamieGlazov.com.


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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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  • Mariangela

    As traitors to America they should be incarcerated. Being a traitor to one's country has always been a crime bearing a weighty punishment. At the time of the Inquisition it was met with the penalty of death. They are traitors to both the country they were visiting, and their own country. As such they deserve to face justice, and if justice is served to them from the hand they prefer why should we interfere? It cannot be argued that America has both an unjust system of governing, and a preferable justice system at the same time, can it? These people are so illogical, that they can't realize that they should be still incarcerated on American soil for voicing traitorous thoughts the way they did. We are guilty of wasting American taxpayer funds, only to have it all thrown in our faces. Money that could have been used to rescue other innocent people in the Middle-East instead. Gratitude is a scarce commodity on the left, and unfortunately 'mercy' is abundant and American taxpayers will probably be bailing a few more of these crazies out in the near future.

    • Terry

      I am in agreement with your assessment. Unfortunately now, especially under this administration, being a traitor is a badge of honor. If only Iran would revoke their bail then we could happily return them to their captors…fat chance.

  • BS77

    getting tired reading about these dummies…….useless idiots or useful idiots…does it really matter?

  • Hank Rearden

    Excellent article. I had watched this drama from a distance, but had not been involved in it intellectually. Quite frankly, I had wondered what Americans were doing hiking the Iranian border. I know the Iranian system has a black heart, but I thought their suspicion that these people were spies was not that badly taken. You have decoded this episode, the nature of which had eluded me. Amazing that people are drawn to evil regimes. Very hard to understand the chain of logic that leads people to that sensibility. As you imply, it must include some sort of death wish. The only problem with that is they want the rest of us to die along with them.

  • tarleton

    These kids are symtomatic of the dearth of religion in the western world and the human desire and search for a substitute …they are ''lost souls '' in more than a geographical sense and are yearning for something to believe in …I bet these twits are enviromentalists too …they are a postmodern version of the Leftists who made a pilgrimage to the workers paradise in the soviet union in the 1930's and refused to believe what their lying eyes showed them
    The human mind is hardwired to believe in a ''god'' , even if god never existed ..it's the religious impulse in secular form and these secular leftist ''lost souls'' are determined to find their paradise on earth

  • tarleton

    on a broader scale , the 20th c is inexplicable except as seen as the era of secular religions …the powerful religious impulse channeled into secular form …the ''class'' religion of the soviet union was promising heaven upon earth ans it's deadly enemy , nazism , was a heresey , with an emphashis on the equality of RACE instead of class …a racial utopia of volgemeinshaft , instead of class utopia of socialism
    Hitler was a true fanatic who would not have been out of place during the wars of religion of the 16th century …..Lenin was a prophet of the martin luther /jan huss variety …Himmler an organiser of the St Bartholomues day massacre and Felix Dderzinsky , a kinda Torquemarda …Mau and Pol Pot were just the asian version of it all ..like true believers from the Taiping rebellion

    • Questions

      I'm not too keen on the Islamic religion either.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    From the moment I heard about the circumstances of their "capture", I had no doubt it was a premeditated act of sabotage against the USA.
    The law must take care of those items in a most unforgiving fashion.

  • tagalog

    They are today's real Philip Nolans, without fear of consequences for their "Oh damn the United States! I wish I might never hear of the United States again!" I suppose they wouldn't have any consequences if the United States treated them like Philip Nolan, as it would probably be just fine with them to read newspapers with the words "United States" excised wherever they appear, and being kept out of sight of the United States for the rest of their lives.

  • tanstaafl

    Why do we have to take them back?

  • Larry

    To bad they didn't fall into a oil well while hiking.

  • Bob

    They should be entitled to a relaxing vation from their trials…I suggest Cuidad Jaurez as a place that might rise to the level of danger they flirt with.

  • DBH

    Your literary walk through the mind of Leftists is deeply disturbing. Ephesians 6:12 rings true loud and clear.

  • Ghostwriter

    How about this,these three are complete fools for having done this in the first place.