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.