Hiking Fellow Travelers and the Iranian Threat

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Specifically, the hikers wanted to emphasize the issue of Gitmo and the CIA’s track record against criminals, alleging that every time they complained about being hit, tortured or put in solitary confinement, the guards would remind them about the conditions at Guantanamo Bay and the CIA prisons in other parts of the world.

On the one hand they believe they were innocent, apprehended solely because of their nationality, on the other, they are comparing their imprisonment with the treatment of criminals, the perpetrators of heinous crimes, at Gitmo.

This is the same moral equivalency argument that we’ve heard before from leftists and anti-war proponents. Their argument is that the Iranian regime is evil, but so are we. Yet this argument is deeply flawed.  I don’t ever recall our government imprisoning hikers on the Canadian border accusing them of espionage.

It is this sophomoric perspective that our administration has employed in dealing with the Iranian threat.  In six to eight months, Iran will be ready to deliver a nuclear weapon. They have all the necessary parts and already have 1000 missiles pointed at the U.S., Israel and various cities throughout Europe.  They have been extremely clear about their hatred for the U.S. and Israel, or the Big Satan and Little Satan. Yet, our administration still believes it can negotiate with such extremists.

Instead of acknowledging the ideological differences between the Iranian regime and others, our administration has ignorantly believed that through diplomacy, it can assuage the Iranian threat. The only result has been a delay in any negotiations and an extension for the Iranian regime to play out the clock and realize its ultimate goal of becoming a nuclear power.

A nuclear weapon alone is not to be feared, however. After all, surrounding neighbors India, Pakistan, Israel and China all possess weapons. A bomb only becomes a threat when you have a government head extreme enough to push the button.

Iran has been overtly substantiating itself as the number one exporter of hatred, be it through the funding of Hezbollah, the supporting of the insurgency in Afghanistan, supplying and training the Syrians against the opposition, or establishing and maintaining strong ties with Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. Both against its own people and through proxy terror groups, Iran has been vocal in expressing its global agenda in spreading Sharia law and terrorism.

The most important question then is why don’t we believe them?


To get the whole story on why leftists reach out in solidarity to America’s totalitarian enemies, get Jamie Glazov’s critically-acclaimed book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.

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  • Ken

    We can alwasy send them back. I being grateful and thankful for the efforts to free them is too much to ask. They had to use their 15 minutes of fame to flaunt their ideology. Typical of leftists and progressives, and 99% of people from Berkeley.

  • mrbean

    These two omega males and their girlfriend are too stupid to even suspect that they are stupid.

    • tarleton

      two modern day metrosexuals …it's all about the femminisation of the West

  • mike b

    Compare with the killing of Quaker (?) Tom Fox and the statements of Christian Peacemaker Team members after Fox's death. These imbeciles give aid and comfort to thugs, blame the U.S. and west for the miseries of those living under tyrants, and continue to blame the U.S. and west when the tyrants and thugs kill and torture one of their so-called peace-makers. … Too stupid to even suspect they are stupid for sure.

  • davarino

    They are activists, not hikers, or country bumpkins that just happened to wander across the border. No one is that stupid, even students from Berkley.

  • tagalog

    When the United States invaded Grenada and brought the American medical students on that island back to the U.S., some of the students kissed the ground when they got off the airplane upon arriving back in America. God bless those people. These people, they weren't worth the effort to try to free them.

  • sharpsrifle

    Send these morons back…they're typical Berserkley types, and we have too many of them here already.

    • imaputz

      Plus they are out on bail. We wouldn't want to help bail jumpers not face "justice" would we? If they weren't from The United States, they probably wouldn't have been jailed as they claimed=they would have been executed.

  • Jaime

    What a trio of ignorant, abject losers. They should stay in Iran. The morons don’t deserve America’s freedoms earned by those who allow deadbeats such as these three, to live in comfort. I’m glad to be a Cal Poly Mustang and veteran when I see Berkeley losers feeding at the trough.

  • Linda Rivera

    These Leftists ought to be ashamed of their words. The brave Iranian people who oppose the barbaric regime of the Mullahs are HEROES. Instead of speaking up for the huge numbers of jailed, suffering Iranian heroes, they criticize America?

  • guest

    you cant fix stupid. If they were citizens of ANY non Muslim country they would still be rotting over there. The USA got them out. They can shove that left excrement up their butts.

    We wasted our efforts bringing back this human garbage.

  • Linda Rivera

    It is a betrayal of every innocent on this earth that US and other Western leaders have not dealt with the nuclear threat from Iran to prevent a nuclear holocaust.

  • maturin20

    It is completely audacious, you're right. Well done, guys.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer look like they have the kind of rockingly good sex that can only come from not being afraid to hike in Iran. Fortunately, I know what that's like.

    • Western Canadian

      Another example of your disconnect from reality. How sad. And yet, how fortunate. Your genes will not be passed on. If the world is lucky.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        You know best.

  • UCSPanther

    Fools. They walked into a hostile country, and spent two years in a prison that could be described as Iran's "Auschwitz" (As far as political prisoners are concerned), and got freed at great expense, and this is how they repay us.

    Pathetic. Next time they do something this stupid, let's hope they can't be helped as easily next time…

  • Moishe Pupick

    Tu., 09/27/11 common era

    The Iranian prison conditions sound (if that's possible) even worse than Israeli prisons'.
    These 2 guys, and their gal pal who was released last year, are now proven useful idiots for The Moslem Brotherhood. They will be adored in Berkeley.

    Shana Tova 5,772!

    • Thomas

      Take your Culturally Marxist Common Era and shove it up your ass.

  • qpro4inc

    Are you people too young to remember "brainwashing?" It is happening before our very eyes. Why do you think that the Iranians released these dolts? It was not just the million dollar bribe, It was also because they had converted these jackasses to the Iranian cause.