This week politically liberal American hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were released from an Iranian prison. Sarah Shourd, who is Bauer’s fiancee, was released last year on medical grounds. These are the three twenty-somethings who decided to take a vacation lookjing at a “tourist site” in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.
They claim that they accidentally crossed into Iran.Of course, we all know about the wonderful tourist sites in northern Iraq. Don’t you just get sick and tired of those “Visit Iraq” commercials on the tube? The reality is that these naïve fools probably thought that spending a day or two in Iran would get them on the Rachael Maddow show. Instead they got smacked in the face with a 26-month stay in an Iranian prison.
According to their attorney, the $1,000,000 bail money given up on their behalf to the Iranian government was paid by the “government of Oman.” Baloney. While Oman has been relatively friendly to the United States, you can be sure that the $1,000,000 was not a gift. Somewhere, somehow the United States Taxpayers will pay (or have already paid) Oman a million bucks to cover their “generous gift”.
Upon arriving in Oman, Bauer said, “Two years in prison is too long,” Bauer also expressed hope that his release would lead to “freedom for political prisoners in America and Iran.” I know that Bauer, Fattal, and Shourd’s parents and family are glad to have them back home in the United States of America. I’m happy for their families. I’m not happy with these ungrateful little loudmouths; perhaps they didn’t spend enough time in jail.
I’m guessing we haven’t heard the last of these three spoiled brats; they’ve probably already booked their Rachael Maddow show appearance. They’ve all gotten more than their 15 minutes of fame, at great expense to the American taxpayer. Nobody’s paying the families of American soldiers a half a million bucks when they return home. Yet, our brave men and women are dying every day to insure the right of Fattal, Bauer, and Shourd to shoot off their mouths.