May 25, 2010, - 1:03 pm
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of Americans assuming the risk in traveling to foreign lands that hate us, then exhausting U.S. foreign policy resources and bargaining chips to get out, once they are kidnapped or imprisoned. It doesn’t matter whether they are tourists, left-wing journalists, or a combination thereof (in one case).
Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal:
Left-Wing Activist “Journalists” Detained “Hiking” near Iran
Lisa & Laura Ling: Wasted American Resources on Laura’s Jaunt to N. Korea, Now Hailed As Heroes. For What?
This week, we have a confluence of three such stories. And the gushing and drooling over each of these groups–kidnapped American “tourists” in Yemen, imprisoned American far-left anti-Israel “journalists” hiking in Iran, and Laura Ling fresh from her North Korean prison stay–is annoying. (I said the same about suspicious “journalist” Roxana Saberi, a sometime employee of the Ayatollahs and usually an Iran apologist.)
First, there is the latest such saga. Gunmen kidnapped two American tourists in Yemen. They’ve apparently just been released. But who goes “touring” in Yemen? Did they not hear about this dude named Anwar Al-Awlaki, who is behind many recent Islamic terrorist attacks and attempted attacks on U.S. soil. His call to kill Americans might be a hint: Don’t. Go. To. Yemen. Dummies. These people are idiots. And I bet they’re either Muslims, themselves, or really, really delusional left-wingers who still see world-class armpits like Yemen as “exotic” locales for touring, and still romanticize Islam (while they hate all other religions except Buddhism). “Oh, look, Amber. Check out those charming headscarves. How quaint. Ditto for that ornate beheading knife, which I’m sure is only used on sheep.”
Now, these two are being held as ransom for the release of a jailed man in a Yemen prison, who will probably get released. Again, what American goes “touring” in Yemen, these days (or ever)? Only complete morons or Muslims seeking the latest in combustible explosive underwear technology. Predictably, the U.S. State Department and American Embassy in Sana’a Yemen were all over it, wasting a ton of time and energy on these stupid people.
I’m all for natural self-selection: if you’re dumb enough to go “touring” in Yemen, Iran, North Korea, or some other such utopia of dreck, you deserve to rot there. We know what these places are like. You go at your own risk.
Then, there are Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal–the three faux-journalists stuck in jail in Iran. As I’ve previously written, the three are really pan-Islamist, anti-Israel far-lefties living in Damascus, Syria. One of them, Fattal, is supposedly Jewish. What kind of dumbass Jew from America goes hiking in Iran? Only an imbecile-owitz. The only Jews who go there and get to leave alive are the anti-Israel rabbis from the Neturei Karta who are bankrolled by Ahmadinejad. Maybe he wanted to be like them.
Fattal and the other two knew better. If they’re living in the torturistan of the Assads (Syria), they knew full well not to go “hiking” in Iran. But they did anyway. I’ve already said it about these three: Let ‘Em Rot. But, no. Now, Iran and the mothers of these three Islamo-pandering stooges are pushing a “prisoner exchange deal” with the U.S. The Sarkozy idiots in France just did one, last week, releasing an Iranian arms dealer and refusing to extradite him to the U.S. for his criminal nuclear parts purchases (on behalf of Iran), in exchange for some far left French academic who went to Iran (another “tourist” who should have been left to rot there). So the Al-Pavlov’s dogs of the Ahmadinejad administration and his Ayatollah backers are hungry for more. They have a taste for more of this blood.
And finally, there are Laura Ling and her sister, Lisa Ling. They’ve written a book about Laura Ling’s imprisonment in North Korea while there for Al Gore’s cable network. Who told her to go there? If you go to Kim Jong-Il’s antithesis of Wonka World, you know what to expect. You’re gonna be imprisoned and tortured. And, as I said at the time, she should have rotted there. She chose to go. But, instead of saying: you went at your own risk and you knew the consequences, so there’s nothing we can do, the U.S. did biz with Kim. Bill Clinton was interrupted from his position as Chief Justice of the Hawaiian Tropic bikini contest to negotiate and rescue these two faux-heroines (Ling was in North Korea with fellow Al Gore employee Euna Lee). Now Laura and Lisa Ling’s book is all the rage on Oprah (for whom Lisa Ling reports regular propaganda), People Magazine, and everywhere else.
My favorite headline is the People Magazine blare: “ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA.” Um, here’s a tip, People: no one escaped. The U.S. State Department and Bill Clinton repeatedly cajoled and posed to get these two spoiled, whiny women out of North Korea.
And that’s the problem with all of these selfish, “selfless” (but not really), self-appointed heroes and heroines who risk American lives, capital, and foreign policy resources to go to these G-d-forsaken places. The only word here is “self.” They really don’t care about anyone else. And our country pays the price.
I care far more about the many people who are in these countries–Iran, North Korea, etc.–against their will, the people who didn’t have the freedom to enter these despotic holes voluntarily. They are the ones we should be helping, not these spoiled, overgrown children who don’t give a damn about you, but expect you to care the world about them.
It would be one thing if these dumb American jaunts and prison stays would keep the State Department away from its consistently boggled, hate-America foreign policy. Sadly, on the contrary, “negotiating” and–really–trading with these despotic regimes always makes U.S. foreign policy worse. Americans, victims of terrorists (as the terrorists are now often exchanged in prisoner trades), America’s policy in the Middle East, etc.–those are always the victims of these selfish “tourists” and “journalists.”
No one made them go there. They went freely and of their own volition and accord. Now, it’s their problem. It shouldn’t be ours.
For the gazillionth time: Let. Them. Rot.
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