Useful Idiots’ Stockholm Syndrome


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The bitterly ironic aspect of this assumption is its underlying paternalism. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, as well as Barack Obama, no doubt regard the nineteenth century British colonialist notion of the “White Man’s Burden” to civilize nonwhite peoples as racist, arrogant, and ethnocentric; nonetheless, they hold to a modern-day form of the same racist, arrogant and ethnocentric notion.

In Shane Bauer’s world, as bad as the Iranian government is, it is only bad because it is reacting to the evil actions of the U.S. government. This assumes that the Iranians are passive reactors who cannot formulate any decisions or take any actions of their own; they can only react to the actions of the Americans. If the Americans treat them unjustly, they will in turn act unjustly also, but they ultimately hold no responsibility for their actions. Only the Americans have any such responsibility.

The idea that the Iranian government might have hated and mistreated him and his friends for reasons of their own, unconnected to anything the U.S. government had done or could do, never seems to have occurred to Bauer. The possibility that the Islamic contempt and hatred for unbelievers, and the jihad that is prescribed for Muslims to wage against those unbelievers, might have been a motivating factor in his abduction, show trial, and imprisonment, doesn’t seem to have entered Bauer’s mind for a moment – even as he subsisted on bread and water and paced around his cell in Tehran. The possibility that even if the American government had behaved with perfect and utterly unimpeachable rectitude toward Iran, the Iranians still would have abducted, imprisoned and tortured him, appears inconceivable to Bauer.

And so it is clear that Shane Bauer is not only suffering from Stockholm Syndrome and identifying with his captors; he is also a racist and Western supremacist of the first order, holding the benighted Third-World Iranians utterly free of responsibility for how they treated him, for after all – he essentially said – what else can one expect from such people?

If Shane Bauer took realistic stock of what happened to him over the last two years, he would accord his captors more respect than that. He would grant them the respect of being thoughtful agents who could do more than simply react to the actions of the U.S. (and, presumably, the Zionist Entity). He would throw off the unconscious paternalism of the Left and excoriate the Iranians for pursuing their jihad against America even against unarmed and obviously innocent Useful Idiot leftist hikers.

But his press conference on Sunday showed no sign that such an awakening was in the offing.

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  • Tim

    Is it too late to give them back?

    • Fred Dawes

      The muslims asking way to much

  • John N Walters

    Communicating and consorting with the enemy is treason..Two Anti-American Leftists in a war zone? Tell me these two genius's weren't passing information such as locations and activities of American and Allied forces to the enemy…the #CIA and #FBI should be interrogating them..I would water board them..45 seconds they would be spilling their guts

  • BS77

    Soon, watch for the BOOK….then the MOVIE. Then the talk show circuit. Aint it grand?

    • Questions

      Somehow I doubt it. A few talk shows and that's about it.

  • DissolvetheUN

    Seeing the list of western fascists and dictators like chavez who wanted these herberts freed, I rather wish they'd been left in prison. If they were arrested only because they were American, being innocent of any spying charge, then this indicates that iran is visiting its wider attack on western democracy on individuals, not the other way around. They were jailed because iran is an islamofasicst, racist state that hates western democray, freedom and rule of law. The conflict is generated by iran to attack freedom. Freedom is protecting itself from islamofascism (albeit not too successfully). If west and Jew haters like chomsky and tutu persuaded iran to release these hikers, it was for the worst of reasons.

  • Luke

    If one of my daughters brought home one of these pencil necked weirdos I would disinherit her….

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      I know, right? How come they didn’t bulk up in prison?

  • MarkRich

    Mr. Spencer Bravo! You truly identified the arrogance and eliteism of those on the left who feign compassion for the thugs of humanity.Since the 1930's these minds of loving compassion and moral equivalence have shielded a deep seated disdain for those they seek to defend. Like liberals do to African Americans they are really saying "you folks are nothing more than an appendage of us" and are incapable of independent moral action. Its the epitome of arrogance and self righteousness. You stated it as well as I have ever seen.

  • Jim

    As their self appointed recreation director I suggest their next hiking trip should be at the Mexican Border and on The Mexican side.

    Just think if they get a shot in the head they can blame that on America and the Jews.

  • Mary

    The extremely sad thing is . . . they could really be CIA operatives. One of the jobs of an operative is to guide the use of information obtained. They could have had a mission to observe, align themselves with, and spread the absurd ideas they are spouting. And, unfortunately, our "intelligence" agencies are politically hogtied and are not allowed to be intellectually independent. So, the CIA and FBI and even Homeland Security are open to abuse by the rich and powerful, even against what is in the best interest of the U.S. citizen

  • Ken Jones

    The stupidity of this web site never fails to amaze me (as does the sheer idiocy of most of the posters). Robert Spencer is a Useful Idiot for Bigots, Knee-Jerk Hysterics, and other Losers.

    • http://dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

      Thanks for your non-knee jerk response showing how Islam is indeed not a threat to western society and infadels, how this website is incorrect , and how Islam in fact supports human rights of women and non-muslims!

      I'm going back to sleep now and dream of my muslim overlords. Night!

  • Serafino

    I wouldn't be surprised to learn some day that Soros posted the bail for these 2 scatterbrains.

  • Ugh

    If they think Iran is so wonderful then why did they want to leave imprisonment so bad?!?

  • winston

    Nobody here has ever opened a history book that much is clear.

  • HowdeeDoodee

    Iran does in fact have reasons to hate America, Spencer needs to remember how who we use to support in Iran before the revolution and the human lives and rights we helped violate. Sure, things aren’t better now but to ignore the role we played in Irans past and current situation is hypocritical.

  • Bryan

    At first, I wondered how anyone could be stupid enough to go hiking near the Iranian border. Now I understand.

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd
  • asahani

    Any muslim act by a islamic group west should go after the islamic nations ,who are behind this act. No islamic terror is possible without support by these islamic nations. West need to form the policy how to deal with islamic group who are backed by mostly the islamic nations.
    We will be doomed if west don't have a good policy on this.