Sunday, September 25, 2011

Iranian Hostages Freed!

So, the two Americans jailed in Iran on an espionage conviction are free. It sounds like they suffered some in the Iranian prison system:
"There's a huge burden lifted off of all of our chests — so much joy," she said. "Shane and Josh and I are beginning our lives again, and there are so many new joys that await us; I've never felt as free as I feel today."
But her face darkened when she was asked whether the men had been mistreated in captivity. She said Bauer was beaten and Fattal forced down a flight of stairs. [...]

The two also detailed the difficult conditions in the Tehran prison where they were held in near-isolation.
"Many times, too many times, we heard the screams of other prisoners being beaten and there was nothing we could do to help them," Fattal said.
Added Bauer: "How can we forgive the Iranian government when it continues to imprison so many other innocent people and prisoners of conscience?"
Maybe they can't forgive the Iranian government, but they still have room in their hearts to blame America for the whole sordid episode:
The irony of it all, Bauer said, "is that Sarah, Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility."
Iran locks these children up for years, and they still have the presence of mind to immediately blame America for "perpetuating this hostility." Would this be how we perpetuated hostility:
As survivors of Iran’s earthquake scavenged for clothes and jostled for handouts Tuesday, President Mohammad Khatami thanked the United States for aid but played down talk that Washington’s contribution would thaw frosty relations.
Consider this: two American twenty-somethings, who choose to live not in America, but in that bastion of freedom, Damascus, Syria. They hook up with a buddy to hike along a border in a war zone, probably stray across that border, then blame America for their predicament! I hope these tools grow up someday and realize this was entirely their fault, not America's.


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