Useful Idiots’ Stockholm Syndrome

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Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the leftist American hikers who unwittingly ventured across the Iran/Iraq border and were convicted of espionage and imprisoned for two years in Iran, have been freed – and at a press conference Sunday, revealed that they were none the wiser for their ordeal.

They indulged in some moral equivalence: “Two years in prison is too long, and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in America and Iran.” They assured the right-thinking world that their hearts (obviously not their minds) were in the right place: said Bauer, “The irony is Sarah [another hiker who was freed earlier], Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility.”

They thanked some of the world’s leading enemies of freedom and Useful Idiots for fighting for their freedom, including Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, limousine leftist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Code Pink’s manipulative propagandist Cindy Sheehan, hard-Left America-hating pseudo-scholar Noam Chomsky, and the addle-brained actor/activist Sean Penn.

Bauer appeared to be on the verge of an independent thought when he said: “We were convicted of espionage, because we are American. It’s that simple. No evidence was ever presented against us. That is because there is no evidence and because we are completely innocent.” But any hope that he might realize that the Iranian hostility toward the United States is similarly irrational and unjustified proved unfounded. For above all, Bauer said: “The only explanation for our prolonged detention is the 32 years of mutual hostility between America and Iran.”

The “only explanation”? Really? Well, actually in other remarks Bauer made it clear that he thought that America was more culpable than Iran: “In prison, every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would immediately remind us of comparable conditions at Guantanamo Bay. They would remind us in other parts of the world and the conditions that Iranians and others experience in prisons in the U.S. We do not believe such human rights violations on the part of our government justify what has been done to us. Not for a moment. However, we do believe these actions on the part of the U.S. provide an excuse for other governments, including the government of Iran to act in kind.”

It is clear from this that Shane Bauer, like Barack Obama, Ron Paul and so many others on all points along the political spectrum, believes that the actions of the United States provoke Muslims to behave badly, and that if the U.S. would only behave decently, then the Muslims would calm down, and a new era of peace would dawn. While this view is common among followers of Paul on the Right, it is much more prevalent on the Left, and indeed forms the underlying assumption of all of Obama’s foreign policy.

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  • Steve

    When first arrested these idiots were identified as being from Berkeley. No one should be surprised by their anti-American delusions.

    • bpaolucci

      That explains alot. See my post below. Now I know I was right about these 3.

  • mlcblog

    It's worse than I thought. Had not actually noticed that they are from Berkeley, which Yes explains a lot, but did notice that they seemed totally daft about borders so knew they must be some cotton candy for brains idealistic young liberals who just didn't know quite where the border was and oh, why they would be hiking in that particular spot of the world without a working compass apparently, and realizing they were likely going to play innocent when called on their trespassing and feign incredulity at their being apprehended. I was not quite ready for all the trying to make friends with their captors and how my stomach would actually turn over at their antics. All of this has apparently proved to be true. I think they are good candidates for the Darwin Awards.

    • johnnywoods

      I remember that when they were first arrested that they had been warned to stay out of the area but went anyway. They should have been left in jail in Iran for about ten years then maybe they would be so glad to be back home that they would not blame America for their woes.

      • mlcblog

        Yup. I had forgotten that. They were warned but went anyway.

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  • tarleton

    None of this is surprising in the least …only idiotic leftist/enviro twits would go hiking on a hostile border and get themselves arrested …it's not surprising that they find moral equiverlancy betwen the ''republic of Iran '' and the US…they are the useful idiots that america's enemies love …two years in prison is about what they deserve

    • Rob

      What whoa whoa whoa wait a minute.

      The hikers made these statements just after being released from prison. Then once back home, they condemned their arrest. They said they were arrested for being American. It's obvious Iran coerced them for propaganda purposes. There's no Stockholm syndrome here.

      So you're all just going to swallow Robert Spencer's narrative on the hikers, and let him paint them as liberals because it's funny? Keep trolling.

  • Chezwick_mac

    Send them back to Iran.

  • Bone Man

    I have been reading this site for many years, and hold Mr Spencer and the other writers in very high esteem. I have bought many of the recommended books and tried to educate myself about the threat … and mindset … of Islam. I realize that there is, and will be enmity simply from theology. However … I think Ron Paul has a point. Many people are irritated at the US wielding power like a neighborhood bully. I am irritated at tax money being spent to keep forces all over the world, and no longer think some kind of greater good, even purely American greater good, is being sought or accomplished. Lets try something different — bring most of the troops home, certainly from iraq & Afganistan & Libya … and Pakistan & England & Germany — just for a start, and see what happens. We'll save a few trillion, plus a few thousand American lives. What's the downside? Halliburton misses a dividend?

    • jacob

      To ignorant me, RON PAUL is su full of you-know-what in more instances than
      not, that he should watch the whites of his eyes every morning for the moment
      the you-know-what reaches the feared level…

      Whenever a tragedy affects any country in the world, which is the country who runs
      to help ??
      Then where does this supersage comes out to qualify the USA as a BULLY ???


    • al222

      what's the downside? how about a nuke exploding in the heart of an American city, courtesy of the Paks handing a "new toy" to al Qaeda?

    • BobSmith101

      Leave the US out of it.

      What's the excuse for the Muslim violence in Thailand? How about the Philippines and … ?

      Core Islamic theology is the problem.

      Read how it is spread through fear and violence at:

    • ApolloSpeaks

      More Bone Head than Bone Man

      Actually, America has a long and distingusihed history of defending the weak from the stronger predators and bullies of the world.

      • nightspore

        Including defense of Muslim peoples – in Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afganistan.

    • UCSPanther

      I have no use for Ron Paul. He is just like one of those "America firsters" in WWII, who in the end, turned out to be no more than a pack of Axis loyalists.

      • mlcblog

        wow! interesting. I am going to look up America Firsters….think I might learn some more.

        Did that. Found an apparently authoritative article. Here is the link.

        Seems RP is exactly that, an America Firster, though I have only skimmed. Will read more thoroughly as I can. This helps fill in some missing chinks in my history knowledge.

      • Flipside

        True. He doesn’t have all the appeal of a shirtless gamer or Bruce Campbell. He does know Libertarian republican ideals though.

    • mlcblog

      Ron Paul does not seem to get a witness on that we need foreign bases in order to keep the fight over there not on our soil. Duh, as this is a fight. Good vs evil. Saved vs lost. Enterprising vs lazy and greedy.

      • DrBukk

        This is known as the "Diaper Theory". If you don't know about it, it is where you throw a baby's diaper into the other corner of your trailer house to draw the flies, so's you can concentrate them and get them all with one shot of bug spray.

        • mlcblog

          very interesting

    • aspacia

      Bone Man, we previously attempted to be isolationist, but we still were dragged into two world Wars.

      This did not work–learn from history and I sure will not vote Paul.

    • Rolling Eyes

      Hmm…US wields power like neighborhood bully…hmm…perhaps we should allow (enable even? Say, meet them half way 'cross the pond for a re-fuel?) the Iranian navy to cozy up to the US mainland somewhere along the gulf coast as Iran purportedly plans to do, as reported last evening on Fox news. While you mull that over, I suggest you get (and read) the latest Mark Steyn book, After America. Nature abhors a vacuum and, as Mr. Steyn points out, if America abdicates its role as international cop, who fills the void? And how do you think that's 'gonna work out?

      There's no one on this site who would not love to end any of the conflicts the US is embroiled in across the globe. But there's a lot more at stake than jus' packing our bags and coming home. The consequences may be even harder to live with.

  • Bone Man

    Oooops. Meant to say this site AND Jihad Watch. Since I was reading Spencer, I forgot & thought I was on Jihad Watch. Am a big fan of both sites, and in awe of Mr Spencer's dedication, courage, and coolness under fire.

    Part of my distaste for these incessant brushfire wars is that I was drafted to participate in one (RVN), and did not enjoy the experience. Working 20 frs .day is one thing, but that getting shot at gets old in a hurry …

  • jhstuart

    These 'hikers' were clearly trying to provoke an international incident otherwise they could have gone 'hiking' in the Rockies. Idiots or dupes, take your pick.

    • aspacia

      They are just idiots.

  • davarino

    Nobody is so stupid as to go hiking on the border of Iran and think that should be ok. Coming from Berzerkly I think it was all a corroboration between them and the iranian gov. They dont look like they were treated badly at all. They should have made it look a little more believable by punching them in the face before letting them go. They look like they ate well, yet Iran thought they were spys? I dont think so. It was an easy way for Obama to funnel some money to them, just like every other pet project he has.

    • mlcblog

      Great observations.

      I agree. It appears to me to be a corroboration of them and someone. Absolutely. Probably somebody in Berkeley with a "bright" idea. The left loves these subterfuges, as in Gaza Flotilla. They used to be able to fool everyone, now they fool less and less people. Yay for the new news media.

    • SAM000

      Some pets will go better on captivity.

  • StephenD

    Great article Robert. But…does it matter? Does it really matter what these dolts say? Only far left loons will listen to this diatribe to begin with. No right thinking person will go along with blaming the behavior of Iran on anything America does or has done. Besides, right now it almost appears they’re getting whatever they wqant from this Administration. They know there’ll be no action taken to slow down their quest for nukes. Sure, on the surface the U.S. will impose “sanctions” but to no avail. So, Iran gains nothing from these idiots and they convince no one that America is the bad guy. They are…a waste of time.

    • mlcblog

      It's about the propaganda value. Some may believe them.

  • tagalog

    The conditions in Guantanamo are comparable to the conditions in Iranian captivity? Well, I wasn't there, so I don't know. But the U.S. should have done what the Muslim countries have done about the prisoners we've put in Gitmo: leave them in captivity to rot on their own. Then they could at least have some claim to justification for being critical of the U.S.A.

    And I DID notice that, in the end, they came back to the evil United States instead of seeking refuge elsewhere, a decision that I for one would have welcomed.

    David Mamet in his new book postulates a hypothetical situation: World War III has broken out. These two hikers are in a plane in Tehran, preparing to take off for the United States. Iran tells the hikers they have a choice, either stay in Iran or proceed to fly off to the U.S. What do you think they would decide?

  • bpaolucci

    I'd really love to know why there were at Iran's border taking a stroll in the first place. Are they leftists hoping to be able to stir the pot? I have real problems with Americans knowingly putting themselves in harm's way and then crying for America's help and resources to get free – and they then bad mouth America!

    I wonder if the best course of action isn't to leave these people in Iranian jails.

  • BS77

    I want to know WHO paid their bail….the media says Oman paid the million dollars. These three idiots are lucky they didn't step on a land mine or fall off a cliff. What were Berkeley leftists doing strolling around a war zone…Iraq and Iran border areas? There is something very peculiar about this whole affair. Well, they had their fifteen minutes of fame…now, let's move along.

  • PhillipGaley

    This explains everything—why can't you fools understand—the dirty rotten usa government and the jews, are the reasons as to why the Iranians use their prisons for rape and other forms of torture, and why they hung that 16 year-old girl because I don't know, I guess, she needed to be hung. But the point is, those guys were actually over there, and in an Irainian prison, so, they know what's what, . . .

    • mlcblog

      tongue in cheek, right?

      • Toa

        Obviously TIC….good one, Galey :D

        • mlcblog

          Thank you. I actually appreciate your help with this. Text is tricky, at least in my book. Sometimes people are joking around but…

          …well, there's no body language or vocal intonations for clues so Just Checking to be sure. You were really funny and I was laughing my head off.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Too bad they didn't cross the Chinese or N. Korean borders – then we wouldn't have to hear from these hiking fooks again!

  • mrbean

    Islam enjoys a large and influential ally among non-Muslims: A new generation of “Useful Idiots,” that Lenin identified living in liberal democracies who furthered the work of communism. This new generation of Useful Idiots also live in liberal democracies, but serves the cause of Islamofascism—another virulent form of totalitarian ideology. Useful Idiots are naïve, they are foolish, they are ignorant of facts, they are unrealistically idealistic, they are dreamers and they are willfully in denial or deceptive.

    • KathleenP

      I agree. I have a theory that Muslims, at least the ones in or near the Middle East (these useful idiots don't seem to spare much thought for the millions of Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian Muslims of the world, not to mention the balck Muslims of Africa)) have taken the place of Central and South Americans in the peculiarly blinkered minds of the radical Left. I guess they both have the same kind of diamond-in-the-rough appeal; the men are hopelessly macho but charming, the women hardworking, proudly maternal and heroically steadfast and cook awesome food; they have that exotic appeal of "the Other" without being TOO exotic (not exactly white but not black either, IOW)…who the hell knows. But I knew young men exactly like those two fools when I was at university in the 1980s, only those ones were traipsing around backward hellholes like Nicaragua. Nothing has really changed, except most of the Left has finally given up on the dream of a true glorious Marxist revolution down south and has shifted its alliances elsewhere.

      • Nina

        The Midddle Eastern men are macho, and you imply attractive? I would say as attractive as a vicious prison guard. But there is no accounting for tastes.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    there are other sites – I will not be silenced!

    • mlcblog

      it happens to all of us from time to tiem…nothing personal probably

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    My post was registered – thank you!

  • maturin20

    Awwww, Robert Spencer is mad that even two years in Iranian prison couldn't convert a couple hikers to his hate rhetoric. Try harder, Robert, you'll reach the whole outdoor-sports community one day!

    • DogWithoutSlippers

      What a stupid comment! You have a zero understanding of muslim coercion. Say what you want about Spencer but he is one man who regulates his site and bounces jerks like you.

      • maturin20

        No wonder he's such a feared warrior for Enlightenment values, if he's such a fervent policeman of the Internet.

    • kerrari1898

      The hate rhetoric of holding Iran responsible for imprisoning these people in the first place? You are a blubbering idiot.

    • Poppakap

      It just goes to prove that leftist ideology trumps all, including the reality of jail time.

      BTW, I'm beginning to wonder whether Mr. Spencer rejected your man-love advances as the root of your vitriol. Most trolls move on, while you can't seem to get enough. Methinks a deeper psychosis is in play here.

      • Flipside

        Accusations of psychosis. Accusations of homosexuality. Attempts to identify people. It's almost as if your love for the movie Cars and your big hairy forearms are the root of your vitriol.

  • BobSmith101

    Where did these clowns come up with their cool idea?

    Let’s go hiking in an active war zone. Then let’s get real close to hostile, repressive, theocratic state that actively supports terrorists.

    How do they get their money back for those logic classes at Berkley?

    • mlcblog

      They learned that logic in classes at Berkeley!!

      • Toa

        Mlcblog took the words right out of my keyboard.

        • mlcblog

          I love this site. Someone to talk to!!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • theleastthreat

    So why didn't they choose to stay? Is it too nice over there?

  • ApolloSpeaks

    Though released by the mullahs from their dismil dungeons and torture chambers Bauer and Fattal are mentally the prisoners of political correctness, shackled and chained to ignorance blaming America for their incarceration.while their former captives laugh at them.

  • g_jochnowitz

    They only blamed America? You'd think they would consider Israel the culprit. Whenever crazy Islamists do something awful, the world typically blames Israel.

    • mlcblog

      They just forgot to add that.

    • johnnywoods

      They also forgot to mention Bush. Everyone knows it was Bush`s fault.

  • Flipside

    I think that so long as as Robert Spencer continues to slur against Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he will remain self-tagged as a pro-apartheid racist opportunist. Racist Zionist rednecks may be ready to throw the heroes of South African and human liberation under the bulldozer to make a cheap point, but that is simply verbal defecation. But then, that is what he is paid so handsomely for.

    • UCSPanther

      Nice ad hominem there.

      • Flipside

        Sorry. I have not figured out how to make an ad rodentium yet.

        • UCSPanther

          A crazy, ranting homeless man would make more sense than you.

          • Flipside

            So put a group together.

          • Poppakap

            Can you possibly address the issues pointed to you? Your constantly changing topics shows a real intellectual weakness.

            Let me be more clear. How does referring to Mr. Tutu as a limousine liberal (which he is) make one a "pro-apartheid racist opportunist?" Recognizing that Desmond spends very little time in the SA ghettos does not make one a fan of previous SA governments. In addition, do you not practice verbal defecation yourself by calling Mr. Spencer and those who read/comment at this site as "Zionist Rednecks?" My former girlfriend, a SA native, despised the aforementioned bishop and regarded him the same as Mr. Spencer. She also is an avid supporter of current/recent SA governments, and hated apartheid. Is/was she also a Zionist Redneck? One who threw the heroes of human liberation under a bulldozer?

            The truth is, you are the one making cheap points. You use an assumed identity and publish only on comments sections of websites instead of having the courage of your convictions to write publicly like Mr. Spencer.

          • Flipside

            Historically, only two groups of people have vilified Desmond Tutu:
            1) Botha, DeClerk and Eugene TerreBlanche of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (Nazi) movement.
            2) Israel and the "Jewish Task Force" et al.

            Group 1 did it because they were apartheid racists.
            Group 2 did it because Desmond Tutu criticized Israel's apartheid state.

            I have written publicly and I did speak to Desmond Tutu personally in 2002 and he did tell me directly, that yes, Israel is practicing apartheid. It sure looks like apartheid to me, and Desmond Tutu did experience and fight it face to face a lot more than most people on earth. If Elie Wiesel told me he saw a concentration camp in Gitmo, I would concur.

            The point I made about Group 2 is that Israelis only recently decided that Desmond Tutu was an idiot, lunatic, charlatan, racist in the moment that he criticized Israel. Now, of course, cognitive dissonance exists, because his known past does not lead up to that portrayal of the present.

            Robert Spencer receives a six figure compensation for saying things against Muslims and against critics of Israel, here at FPM. He is quite simply paid to do things like accuse Desmond Tutu of not having spent enough time in the Bantustans. If Tutu is a limousine liberal, Spencer is a limouXenophobe. He is hired to foment Kulturkampf and intellectual apartheid against the Muslim world, and he steps frequently into the ideological battle between Zionist hasbaras and critics of Israel. For him to take any kind of potshot at Desmond Tutu is for a man who was in diapers to attack a man who was 31 when he was facing down apartheid, and then claim to know better. When Spencer was working for Bob Avakian, Desmond Tutu was working for Freedom. You don't get to throw Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King Jr, or Harriet Tubman, or Garry Kasparov, or Louis Braille or anybody like that under the bus. You just don't.

          • ArtVanDeLay

            Desmond Tutu is apologist for some of the worst tyrants in Africa. I dont seem to recollect MLKJr or Harriet Tubman doing anything similar to further their cause.
            I can only be grateful that you didnt inlcude his Messiahness Obama among those individuals.
            A six figure salary for writing for FPM!!! Can you please prove this fantastic allegation and no- a media matters link does not count!

          • Flipside

            "IRS filings from 2008 show that Robert Spencer, who runs the blog, earned $132,537 from the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a conservative nonprofit."

            Page 3.

            Or just read the IRS filing:

            Page 8.

            Fantastic. Isn't it?

    • mlcblog

      Tutu is a commie thug, idealized by the left for their purposes.

      Oh, it's you again FS.

      • Flipside

        Thanks for providing the Nazi Afrikaner version.

        • Foolster41

          Oh yes, those pro-Isreal nazis. As opposed to the nazis who spread anti-semetic conspericy theory nonsense and provide verbal support (apollogizes) for genocidal terrorist orginizations?

        • Foolster41

          Also anti-communism != Nazism. There are such things as ideological shades of grey.

  • Fred Dawes

    If anyone was tossed into some hell for years that person would say the same thing, most probable brainwashed and raped beaten many times and most likely saw things that most human being should never see but the fact is most so called Americans do blame this government for all the evils of the world.

  • SoCalMike

    Stockholm Syndrome hits the nail on the head.
    This condition is more widespread and deeply engrained in the human psyche than many realize.
    Just look at the Bauer kid's face. He is a poster boy for S.S.

    • Fred Dawes


  • Jack

    USA must have just accepted that they were CIA spies and lett these leftists there to rot in the Iranian prison for eternity.

  • claspur

    I was told by a friend last week that these two, before their little trek into Iran, they had been in Syria for an undetermined amount of time writing anti-American propaganda.
    (my friend doesn't BS, or guild the lily, so….)

  • Gail Duituturaga

    Wait just a minute here!! Barak tried to make friends with Iran, remember? He apologized for our evil ways, he shook hands with Chavez, (then Chavez said something to him (his comrade) and Baraks face totally changed). Let's see what else, Hummm!!! Those screams in the night that the Berkley 3 heard, must have been because of what America did to the islamic republic. Yes all America's fault or maybe Zionists fault or what Colbert said. Just don't know.

  • Sam K

    They are also radical anti-Israel extremists active in the boycott-Israel hate movement.

    The US should have called on Iran to keep them there!

  • wpmartin

    So . . . do I have this right? If 3 Iranian hikers accidentally and unknowingly crossed over from Canada into the U.S., we would be justified in charging them with treason and imprisoning them for 2 years because of Iran's hostility towards us?

    Iranian hikers beware!

  • wpmartin

    Quick edit on my recent post — it should be espionage not treason.

  • PapaBear1

    This is a good article by Robert, but his use of the term Stockholm Syndrome is misplaced. It is my understanding that all three of the captives were committed leftists before they were captured. Their views were not caused by their captivity or any identification with the captors. Indeed, this is an interesting aspect of the case that should be investigated. It is my understanding that they were apologists for Islamists, but turned out to be more useful as hostage/pawns.

    • Maxie

      Good point. These clowns were cut from the same cloth as that middle-class punk from Marin who was captured with his Taliban cohorts by US troops in the early stages of the war in Afghanistan. His involvement was voluntary – not coerced. Apparently he was the victim of poor potty training or some other childhood horror peculiar to capitalist hell holes like the US. Calliiti the Jane Fonda Syndrome?

  • BLJ

    Drop their worthless butts down in Taliban controlled territory in Afghanistan (the ugll chick too). Maybe the next time we see them will be on their knees begging for their pathetic lives.

  • AlgerHiss

    These half-wits are right there with Lori Bernson. They ought to go visit her in Peru.

  • Ice.Tiger

    Who in their pea sized right mind goes hiking in Iran? Sorry I have no pity for morons.

  • TiredofChange

    They went to betray America. Thank G-d for brave warriors like Robert Spencer.

    • maturin20

      Who has he killed lately?

  • Guest

    These idiots had no good reason to be in a place where it is a strong possibility that you will be detained and probably arrested. Iran did what the US should do, and that is protect their border. Too bad we don't do that.. These supposedly educated people put themselves in harm's way. Sounds like they had an agenda in their little pea brains. They should have been left to dream away the next six years in prison.

  • Guest

    The are nice trails on North Korean border.They may consider hiking there as well…

  • myohmy

    I wish these America hating fools had stayed in Iran. They really are useful idiots. They'll probably wind up making a lot of money off their hate America tour….. bastards.

  • Clare

    This is a most thorough analysis of personal responsibility and can be applied to entire ideologies, like Islam, or to your relatives and friends.
    Exposing a way of thought that arises as a "blame game", whether it be the Philistine Pals or my in-laws, is essential to understanding ignorance.
    I always explain this kind of racism through hearing Hamlet's father's ghost saying, "Remember the Gaussian curve, remember the Gaussian curve". The Gaussian curve of human intellect of course. Which explains who chooses the high road of personal responsibility which results in a positive contribution to others and who chooses the low road of blaming others which always has negative results because of it's inherent stupidity. It is a difference between being free and happy and being manipulated and hateful. You can test the veracity of this yourself.

    • Flipside

      This place is obsessed with binomial normality.

      • Poppakap

        …and your comments are obsessed with monomial bestiality.

  • Ichneumon

    I also like how they blamed Iran's behavior on America's "hostility", but didn't conversely snap to the fact that America's hostility towards Iran (and Guantanamo prisoners) might, just maybe, have something to do with Iran's long-term behavior ever since the Mullahs took over, and the acts of violence committed by the Gitmo prisoners…

    Is it too late to send them back to Iran?


    Makes me think… Where is Cindy to protest Obamas Libyan war.
    Dont get mad and-
    I AM sorry, but why were these traitors not executed.

    • winston

      she lost a son to a war waged completely on lies. She should be pissed off.
      And that is a hell of a lot more than Spencer has sacrificed for this country so show a little respect! (and chomsy may be many things, but an enemy of freedom? no.
      And Venezuela is no less 'free' than the USA. Ive been there/ Its lovely and not a totalitarian state (like Cuba) by any stretch. You should at least be accurate

  • Earl P. Holt III

    If President, I would let them languish in that Iranian prison, and experience a good deal more of that “multiculturalism” they no doubt worship…

  • Brujo Blanco

    These guys look like they are in good shape. I wonder if their stay in jail was planned in advance. It is just like a liberal to blame the wrong people for a wrongful act. I am surprised that they did not blame Israel.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      They are not done yet………………….William

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The actual truth is that they were spying for Disney Land and hoping for rights
    to a new movie, can anyone give us a good title. I was thinking "Loons on the
    Border", or "Two and a half men", "Over there", "No brainer", "Funny thing
    happened on my walk with dumb and dumber", "Mullah over, I want to see"
    ………..funny I just think jerks like these are beyond making fun of as they
    are to pathetic. On a different plane they are dangerous CIA spys and put
    it over on Iran and will go back and lead the revolution…………..William

  • GalileoOnTheMoon

    Send them to Guantanamo for a few months so that they can be more objective regarding which is really worse

  • SAM000

    Why your lefties are the copyright of our lefties?

    In Iran, party Toudeh or Iranian Communist Party says exactly the same.

    The members of the Iranian communist Party were executed, even their leaders were brought to TV to confess and to repent before being executed, and their members who have succeeded to escape Iran claim that "The Communists are the victims of the Resistance", if the Resistance was not violent against the Mullahs, the communist party who was always supporting the Mullahs would never be treated as such.

  • 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….

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.