August 3, 2009, - 11:19 am

Let ‘Em Rot: “Hiking” Americans Detained in Iran Are Pro-Syrian, Anti-Israel, Far-Left “Journalist” Activists

By Debbie Schlussel

**** UPDATE, 09/25/11: I Warned You: “Americans” Freed From Iran Are US-Haters, Attack America ****

Longtime readers know my point of view on this:  whether you are American or not, a “journalist” or not, if you go to Iran or North Korea, you knew the likely consequences, you assumed the risk, and I couldn’t care less about you.  I care far more about those held in these totalitarian states against their will, not dumb, left-wing Americans who went there willingly.

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Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal:

Left-Wing Activist “Journalists” Detained “Hiking” near Iran

We have enough looming and present foreign and domestic policy problems to worry about.  We don’t need to add people like Laura Ling and Roxana Saberi . . . and now, three “hikers” who are really left-wing, pro-Syrian, anti-Israel “activist” “journalists” from Berkeley–two of whom chose to leave America and live in the Arab Muslim Mid-East.  They knew the risks when they went “hiking” on the Iranian border.  (Hint:  It’s not like vacationing in South Beach, and I don’t think they were really hiking.)  Two of them chose to live in the Middle East.  Tough luck that they got caught.

Oh, and if you think I believe the “they were just hiking” story, think again.  Here’s a little bit of info about these far-left “hikers.”  It seems that an Iranian prison might be a great place for them to spend some time.

*  Sarah Shourd is an anti-Israel “journalist” who lives in the Middle East (probably in Damascus, Syria, from which she’s written some of her articles), writes sympathetic pieces about terrorist-host state Syria, attacking Israel, and taking her Syrian patrons’ false point of view that Israel’s Golan Heights is “occupied territory.”  She also writes about how Israel oppresses the Syrians.  Hilarious.  I mean, no biggie that Bashir Al-Assad cuts his people apart limb by limb, like his father did to journalist Salim Al-Lawzi, that Syria has an atrocious human rights record and tortures dissidents, let’s concentrate on blaming the Jews.  That’s her strategy.

Here’s a tip for Ms. Shourd:  Israel annexed the Golan Heights years ago–you know, when Syria attacked Israel, went to war, and lost.  Shourd lies and claims that Israel forced Syrian inhabitants of the Golan Heights to become Israeli citizens.  Nauseatingly false.  I have many Druze friends with family there.  The Druze Arab inhabitants love the freedom they have as Israelis–of not having to worry if a conversation they have on the street will result in their limbs being amputated without anasthesia.  The formely Syrian Druze of the Golan Heights rue the day when Syria gets it back (as Obama–and before him, Bush–have been pushing).

Shourd describes herself as a “ teacher-activist-writer from California currently based in the Middle East.”  Well, we know for whom she’s an activist and writer–the Iranians-sponsored Syrians and other Islamic terrorists.  I’m just worried about whom she is teaching.

Shane Bauer is a UC Berkeley grad who has written for the far-left The Nation and “reported” for the Terrorist News Network a/k/a Al-Jazeera.  He lives in the Muslim Mid-East, speaks Arabic and his Berkeley degree is in “Peace and Conflict Studies”–typical far-left degree for Jimmy Carter groupies.  He lives and is based in Damascus, Syria–a nation for whom he’s toed the party line.  From his Damascus digs, he’s written articles for left-wing media outlets about how Muslims in Syria love Obama but need to see him change American foreign policy toward Israel and the Islamic world.  Sound like an “innocent hiker” to you?

Joshua Fattal, also a Berkeley grad is an environmental activist who hosted a “resistance” radio show.  Media reports say his father is Iraqi, and he said he was traveling there to get in touch with his roots.

He earned a degree in environmental economics and policy. He also taught high-school students in Berkeley and worked in New Hampshire.

He most recently worked and lived at Aprovecho Research Center in Cottage Grove, Ore. The nonprofit facility is located on a 40-acre ranch and is focused on sustainable living skills, sustainable forestry and organic gardening, its Web site states.

At Aprovecho, Fattal held a position as internship coordinator. He was a graduate of the program himself and traveled to small towns in Oregon and Guatemala to implement some of the sustainable living ideas taught at the center . . . .

While Fattal was at Aprovecho, he co-hosted a weekly radio show, “Rhythms and Resistance,” on the center’s community station.

These are the three “hiking” Americans who “accidentally” strayed into Iran.  Things are not always as they seem.  But, in this case, one thing’s quite clear.  When you hear about Americans vacationing by hiking near Iran, you know something’s up.  And it’s not innocent at all.  These three were not mere “tourists.”

Sad that our government won’t send the right message to these activist, left-wing Americans who take unwarranted risks:  You’re on your own.

I’d say, “Let ’em rot in hell.”  But, right now, they’re rotting in Iran.  Close enough.

(Unfortunately, Iran will soon learn what useful idiots these are and set them free, just like they did with Saberi and just like Islamic terrorists did with their friend, Jill Carroll.)

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309 Responses

This writer/journalist/miss piggy -or whatever she is- is obviously jewish or a pro-jew sympathizer (please note all the pro-Israeli advertising from her ‘sponsers’.

Now, I have nothing against Jews…in fact, I feel bad for them. I feel bad for Palestinians too but I digress.
In her ‘article’ or more accurately her idiotic, ignorant rantings, she repeatedly mentions that these guys were (allegedly) anti-Israeli, and that by being anti-Israeli, they somehow deserve what they are getting.

Now how would it sound if I say she deserves to rot in a Tehran prison for being anti-Palestinian or a Jew?? Should I say the Nazis were right in killing your people because your people believe in the occupation and murder of the Palestinians?How would that sound? A bit ignorant no?

And another thing that makes me wonder…if these guys were anti-Jewish…than who were they spying for?
Iran hates Jews, yes, but is all buddy buddy with Syria..Iraq…Palestine…Egypt…so who were these guys spying for? America? Well if they were spying for America, than good for them.

Then again, we know Iran is full of Crap and just likes to get their hands on Americans.

Whatever happened to “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

allamericancheese on November 19, 2010 at 8:32 am

One more thing..I for one have nothing against jews and feel bad for them. YEs they are attacking Palestinian settlements which is wrong, and they have my sympathy as well; however I digress.
This writer is obviously pro-Jewish, if not Jewish herself. There are ads all over her site for Israeli tourism and what not. In addition, she repeatedly states that these people are “ANTI-Jewish”. So what if they are?:??
That gives a country the right to torture and interrogate them like animals? Do you know what kind of country Iran is? Do these people deserve this??\
You stupid idiotic dumb blonde, if you were in Iran they would treat you worse than the Nazis did. Should I make a comment like “the Nazis were justified in doing what they did to the Jews because Jews are anti-Palestinian??

Does that even make sense? God people like you drive me crazy with your fu*ked up mentalities.

anonymous on November 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

Nothing that you said is necessarily untrue, except you jump to a conclusion based on zero evidence that “something must be up” because innocent hikers couldn’t possibly go hiking near the Iranian border. Well, guess what, maybe they do. In any case, whatever their political beliefs it is irrelevant. I suppose during WWII you would have said we should only be concerned about American POW’s who happened to share your political beliefs? The fact is, these hikers are fellow americans, whether you agree with them or not, and they were effectively kidnapped by the Iranians who are cynically holding them for no valid reason. And you want to take the Iranian side? I’m sorry, you just lost your patriotic credentials with me.

David Tussman on November 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm

The hikers are educated, left-wing, accomplished journalists, and jewish. They were warned before their hike by authorities that they were hiking into or near Iranian territory. They have been assigned or employed in Iraq as journalists being that they also speak arabic. So, they purposely, having already identified the area they hiking into as being hostile territory and warned by local authorities, continued into Iran anyways. If you believe they are not Israeli spies, working for Mossad, like all the Jewish “journalists, art students, and moving firms” being uncovered and exposed in the USA as spying for Israel and the Mossad – then you have become a sorry, uninformed, and foolish goyim.

Robert on November 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

This gave me chills. You are absolutely disgusting and I await the day I hear of your demise.

Jennifer Cortright on January 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Shroud and Bauer were interested in living in and understanding a different culture, so they did. They wrote articles about it to share things they learned while they were there. They took a vacation to a local spot with a friend interested in his roots. None of this is in any way outrageous.

What is outrageous is your attitude. You’re basically saying, “they are liberals, I hope they rot in prison for it.” There is nothing credible or respectable about you, Schlussel, if “rotting” is the punishment you feel should be doled out to anyone who disagrees with you.

Bridget Hanna on January 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

BURN PALESTINE…BURN!!!!

Teddy Jameson on February 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I’m as anti-Jew as they come, but I do agree that the remaining two should hang for their crimes. Sorry. It’s a tough world.

Kyle on February 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm

And if it wasn’t bad enough to enter Iran, they were screwing with the Kurds, Bush and the Jew’s Favorite Provocateurs.

Monte Haun mchaun@hotmail.com

Monte Haun on February 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm

you are cruel and ignorant.

In shock on February 8, 2011 at 8:15 am

Hey Debbie S.,
You’re ignorant and hateful. These Americans are being used by Iran to push a political agenda. It’s ridiculous to suggest they were anything but innocent hikers. Maybe they were foolish to walk so close to the Iranian border…but, they certainly don’t deserve to “rot in hell”. You on the other hand…

KP on February 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

Regardless of whether you support their beliefs, and in fact regardless of whether or not they were spies, which I can tell you with no doubt and 100% certainty, they were not; even regardless of the fact that they are American, nobody deserves to be held in solitary confinement, with no trial, for crossing a border. Your article shows a lack of fact checking, is hyperbolic and demonstrates zero empathy on your part. I really hope that in the future, when you are talking about the future of someone else’s life that you consider the impact of your words.
Similarly, if your goal is to convince people you are right, you have done a terribly inadequate job of achieving your ends. By using hyperbolic, hateful speech, all you have done is given people who already agree with you a place to say you agree, and upset those who were perhaps in the middle.
I don’t understand how, without knowing the facts of the case, you can say that three people who were hiking in Kurdistan, and crossed a border deserve to rot in hell. And if I assume correctly given your strong feelings about Israel, you are either Jewish or strongly in support of Jewish rights, last time I checked many modern Jews reject the view of hell except for the most evil of crimes against other humans, certainly not for something like accidentally crossing a border between two countries.

SP on February 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

“..if you go to Iran or North Korea..” ‘Bet you never moved your dumb, fat a&% to a country you and other invertebrates know nothing about. You’re so pathetic you make me wanna vomit

Dex on April 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    What a nasty person this Schluessel woman is. Is her only source of information Rush Limbaugh? -Fox Republican News Channel? Her name is German for “key”. It seems the Israelis have the keys to her.

    Penelope Poopstein on September 21, 2011 at 9:31 am

You can determine ANY person’s moral and spiritual standing by their postions on two issues, to wit: abortion and Israel.

The Jew-haters almost without exception defend and excuse every evil dictator and murderous regime in history. And then they call Bush evil! And they blame America for all the world’s problems!

Fact: muslim arabs are overwhelmingly hateful, murderous barbarians. They have hate flowing in their veins. They hate Jews and Christians more than they LOVE their own children. You Leftist anti-semites take a month and do the math on THAT. Think about it until you realize how SICK it is to hate someone else MORE than you love your own children. The muslim world is one big sick, sick, SICK society. Since Day One muslims have spread islam through murder and intimidation.

And we’re supposed to feel sympathy to these three who have championed the political ideology and barbarian religeous belief system and terrorist coutries that now hold them captive?????????

boydnar on May 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    You’re wrong about Israel. The jews took over a country that wasn’t theirs and treats Palestinians like dogs. I’m not for America or Israel.

    gss on May 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      You are wrong – Because if Israel took over a land that belonged to someone else, what excuse do you have for America, Canada, Mexico and just about every place on earth.

      Are you suggesting that the Arabs in Israel are suffering more than they do in just about every Muslim run country in the world. BS. Check any survey and you will find that Arab Muslims prefer Israeli rule to Muslim rule

      Bob Howard on May 12, 2011 at 4:45 am

        But the Jews have excoriated Whites in North America for their “abuse” Native Americans. Jewish activists have described White Gentiles as the cancer of the human race. Everywhere you look, you find Jews behind the multiculturalism that is destroying the US and Europe. So, why do you give them a free pass and say it is OK for Israel to commit atrocities against an “indigenous people”?

        Jeff Maylor on July 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Took over a country that wasn’t theirs? Where do you think Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived? Sweden?

      Arlene on August 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

        The Jews were BROUGHT to Israel via Lord something or other in England right after WWII, hello!? They didn’t all gather themselves and foist themselves into Israel!!! I don’t get it. They were brought there by boat. Then they try to defend themselves and most of the rest of the world freaks out…..someone please help me understand.
        Plus, if you go into Palestinian territory it’s a disaster….to Israeli , it’s beautiful. Hello?!

        greta on August 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

          Israel is better off than Palestine because they have a world of Jewish influence pulling for them. Call it the funnel effect. They are the only Jewish nation on earth. Jews around the world donate money, use their influence in their home countries to curry favor for Israel, and encourage contributions to the cause. America gives billions to Israel, which of course is partly spent here in America buying influence to get the next years billions, but the plan works. If every nation wanted to function on the Israeli model the plan would not work because there would not be enough donors.

          On the other hand, the Palestinians are flying solo, because there are many other Arabic and/or Muslim nations with their own agendas, and people around the world have no particular reason to focus on them. Muslims in America don’t unify around supporting one particular foreign state. Palestine has no major international support group, just human rights groups, who have comparatively little money to spend on them anyway, since by their nature they want to help everyone in need, not just one particular nation.

          Dave on October 14, 2011 at 1:42 am

        You’ve forgotten Joshua, the originator of ethnic cleansing and the original Holocaust (“every man, woman, infant and beast…”), the ONLY ‘holocaust’ Jews have ever been involved in. And, do Khazari really count as Jews? By Talmudic Law (what other law is there?), they don’t. Is the ‘Star of David’ Jewish? No, it’s not. It is the shield shape of David al Roy, a 12th Century would-be ‘messiah’ who was killed in his sleep by his bribed father-in-law. Most of what in Europe and America is called Judaism is a fraud. Real Jews have never been big on fascism. Khazaris love it. Check the role of the Rothschild ’empire’ in funding Hitler’s rise. It may surprise you. Reading history must be a real biatch for people like you.

        William Bjornson on August 22, 2011 at 11:13 am

          bjornson said: “You’ve forgotten Joshua, the originator of ethnic cleansing and the original Holocaust (“every man, woman, infant and beast…”) . . . .” Excuse me, but that was GOD, not Joshua. God commanded it, Joshua just followed orders. And if GOD wanted everyone and everything dead, He had a GOOD reason — He RARELY gave such an order.

          bjornson continues: ” . . . the ONLY ‘holocaust’ Jews have ever been involved in.” Look, folks! We have a Holocaust denier! Somebody give him his “STUPID” sign. Really, Bjornson, you just lost ALL credibility.

          The rest of your comment is conspiratorialist and paranoid. Looks like you’ve been well indoctrinated with European-style Jew-hatred.

          Boydnar on January 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        Arlene,
        Today’s Jews are in no way descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The vast majority of today’s Jews are from a “tribe” (Ashkenazi) in the Caucasus region who converted to “Judaism” around 750BC. Just look at them…many are blond, blue eyed, and fair skinned. No kinky hair or dark skin here. Just look in the mirror Arlene. My Labrador is more Semitic than you and your cohorts. Helen Thomas was right…they should all go home…back to Southern Europe. Telling half a truth is still a lie and this lie keeps going on

        Al

        Al Norman on September 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm

        Arlen;
        I guess you are unfamiliar with the fact that AbraHIM or Ham, whichever you prefer is the Father of the Muslin Faith as well as the Jewish Faith, Hmmm…
        strange or is it just consciously omitted in your “dissertation’?

        peter on September 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Dear gss:

      You need to be more objective and knowledgeable about Israel and its neighbors if you expect your words to carry weight. Based on your comment, it appears that your knowlegde of Israel is based on BBC, CNN, and other truth-distorting news agencies. Come to Israel, and learn.

      You would do well to see the brief video by Danny Alon on the history of the middle-east conflict: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4CbuIcWaoo

      Yours truly,
      Meir

      Meir on August 21, 2011 at 4:39 am

      i hate to tell you but these people are all jews. how do you feel now?

      BS on September 18, 2011 at 2:54 am

    But most Jews are in favor of abortion, so your argument makes no sense. Beyond that, while radical Islam is a treat of some minor magnitude, it is not Muslims who perpetrate the “war on Christmas”. That war is carried on almost exclusively by Jews – whether religious, secular or atheist – it is primarily Jewish activists who carry on this cultural war. They don’t do it for religious reasons, but for cultural reasons. Jews have been working to undermine traditional American culture for 100 years. In fact, it was the Jews who agitated to allow more immigration into Europe and the US from Muslim countries!

    What many well meaning but ill-informed Christians don’t realize, is that Jews are at least as comfortable living in an Islamic culture as a Christian culture, in fact, many prefer it.

    Bill on July 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      When the 2nd holocaust arrives,and it will soon, there are too many Americans that now understand the destruction these left wing jews have done and continue to do. Just look at congress and Hollywood and university professors. There all done. I can’t imagine any Patriot American coming to there defense. These two can rot in Iran. When it arrives, I’ll just watch and protest any troop defense to help them. They have dug their own grave for decades with their anti-American and lefist hatred. Screw em and enjoy your “shower” hebrew fux. When it’s done, the world will be a safer and peaceful place. The Lord is so ashamed of the jewish people and will not let it stand unpunished. His anger will be their undoing in the end. Hate begets destruction eventually and jews are in competition with muslims for the prize for the most hateful and destructive culture in world history. They both need to be eliminated-NOW. Our Lord will take care of it so the loving and peaceful can continue our lives to help one another. No action needs to be taken. Violence will solve nothing. God is just and knows truth.

      Johno on August 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Yeah yeah yeah , we read your disgusting talmud. Although I will admit it surely isn’t selective nor racist in its hate, every living soul on the planet is hated by satans (jews) seed. Yup Yahshua exposed you succinctly, “children of satan”. But in the end I guess he got what he deserved .

    Northpal on September 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Well, that sounds like a well thought out response based on clear thinking and a profound respect for your neighbor.
    You may need therapy of some kind.

    Jam on September 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Out of curiosity, if they are spies, just what would they have accomplished on a hiking trail leading to the middle of nowhere? If they are spies, why would they have carried things that would positively identify them, including photographs (maybe spies do keep family photos in their wallets, what do I know)? If they are spies, why would they have been so foolish and ignorant as to get caught by a few crappy guard patrols? I bet real spies everywhere are laughing at this ‘spy’ theory. Spies are generally a secretive breed, they like to stay hidden, because they are *spies*. Oh and, many people use GPS these days, and it has saved plenty of lives. But, in the manner of all technology, sometimes it just doesn’t work.

shan on May 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

Hey all,
I know the hikers personally & they are *not* spies, nor are they ignorant of where they were; they were in Iraq, for which they had visas. Sarah & Shane were there as humanitarians, fighting for the people over there.
With all the hate generated from this blog, I would think at least noticing what your views (@Schlussel) are comprised of, what they spark, and that they cause pain (not awareness) may actually benefit you. This blog, however, won’t benefit anyone else, that much is for sure.
You, too, can be a person of peace & acceptance. You can throw away your judgment and lead a fuller life, because of it. I extend to you that opportunity with only my belief that it is possible, for you. Best wishes.

Phil on May 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Oh give me a break! More UC Berkeley nonsense! They are mini george sorous, self hating Jews. I suppose Sarah’s self inflicited trauma as a “human rights activist” has taught her something. She can’t blame this one on israel.

    BS on September 18, 2011 at 2:53 am

I sincerely hope nobody donates to you. You are by far one of the most ignorant people to have a blog, and you think it entitles you to gain money.

Here’s an idea. You are an attorney? Who do you represent? You should know how law works. I don’t know many actual lawyers who are also a “radio host”. Seems like everyone thinks that once they host their own pathetic radio show they are something big.

Conservative or not, lower your rhetoric. You apparently took your college courses online, since your social skills are lacking. You can make an intelligent argument without seeming like a total ass. Whether or not these people were spies, they are American’s. It does not matter if they moved out of the country or not. That’s called freedom. No one owes our country, none of us.

No, you don’t believe in freedom. That’s what being a conservative is all about. You sit there and act so righteous… yet you go against God’s word each and every day. Who are you to judge anyone? You are a radio host. You think your ideas are worth money. They aren’t. You are not original, you aren’t intelligent. You are another blogger who posts up their “credentials” and expects the world to bow. Sorry lady, some of us have actual jobs. Some of us make our money by working. THAT is the American way. Now act like you want to be a conservative. Go get a JOB and be an AMERICAN.

Jeff on May 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Americans or not, they are subject to the LAWS of where ever they are at, just like people from other nations are subject to American laws when they are in America. Spies or not, they knew that they were breaking the laws when they were caught and now they will have to face the consequences of their actions. Even in America, ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law.

    Viancome on August 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

So like, let me get this straight: these kids are jews and anti-israel. I do understand, right? PC gone wrong. What were they thinking? Go Berkeley. I have ZERO sympathy for these kids. This mess is of their own design. Sorry moms and dads – you raised a bunch of f**ktards.

heather on June 10, 2011 at 5:42 am

@ Phil: visa or not, since when did human rights-violating countries decide to honor all forms of legitimate paperwork. Are you nuts? The very hallmark of repressive regimes is to change the rules, screw people over, and pull fast ones despite legitimacy and well-filed paperwork. They were so enlightened were they? There’s a reason Iran is considered a hostile nation. Showing them your boy scout badge and visa doesn’t cut it at the street-level. God are you naive, dude. And so were they. STUPID.

heather on June 10, 2011 at 5:44 am

i am planning a walk for years,the only thing that holds me down is iran and afghanistan,i want to do a multiple year walk from bruges belgium to tibet and crossing 4 mayor religion boarders while doing so,document everything for a book,when i walk 15 km a day i hike 2.5year over this distance. its a lifes dream,i can always detour over russia and china,but that would not lead me to the religions i’m willing to examinate.

thomas on June 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

They all have JEWISH names and Dual Citizenship – US and ISRAELI – but this fact will NEVER ever be communicated in the BBC & CFR compromised Media!
If they strayed into IRAN when they admit they are Investigative Reporters & Experts at languages & wanted to go on a very long hike, why does Sarah SHOURD NOT go back to seek the release of the ISRAELI/US men with her – especially as she knows the IRANIAN President who released her. It implies she is NOT the “Innocent” person of which she tries to pass herself off. She comes across as less than forthright. NOT once did she admit her ISRAELI connections. WHY? She appears to have a lot to hide. NOT unlike the ISRAELI MOSSAD “Students” of 911 who had a van full of explosives and were given immunity to appear on ISRAELI TV to make out they were mere “STUDENTS”! CRAFTY!

Stan Cohen on June 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I am shocked at the evil that is present in this world. What happened to humanity? These are your fellow human beings… show some compassion. Even if they did make the wrong choices (which there is nothing to say they did) they are still human beings, they still deserve justice, humanity, just as any human suffering in any situation. You have made me loose so much faith in humanity from what you have written. I mourn that you are such an ignorant, careless, and compassionate individual, I can’t imagine what it must be like to live life in your shoes, having the ability to feel and say such horrible things is such a sad way to live.
Yet, I will not judge you for I do not know what experiences have caused you to to represent so much evil, I do not know what your past held and why you are this way. I only hope that you can find some enlightenment and someday feel what it is like to be a real person, to feel deep sadness for a complete stranger simply because you possess some form of humanity.
I feel a deep sadness for these hikers, for their friends, for their families, for the guards that must keep them locked up, for our government whom have exacerbated poor relations with Iran, with the Iranian government who has done the same, I feel a deep sadness for the Iranian families that may have loved ones in the same situation… but most of all I feel a deep sadness for you and anyone who agreed with you for you lack all goodness that humans are supposed to possess.
I hope you will find compassion, kindness, and humanity or I hope it will find you.

lakey on June 14, 2011 at 12:49 am

These three are idiots. School smart, ya, but idiots

Chris on June 17, 2011 at 8:05 am

Even if you disagree with their positions it does not justify them being wrongly imprisoned.

People should not be in jail for their opinions, neither should you accept the mistreatment of another person because you disagree with their ideas.

roz on July 7, 2011 at 5:16 am

Even if they are Berkeley educated hippy socialist muslim lovers your suggestion “let them rot” is heartless. They are Americans and they have families. They’ve been in solitary confinement for 2 years. I’m sure they’ve learned the realities of the Iranian regime. But the “hiker haters,” and there are many, are no worse than the Mullah thugs in supporting this imprisonment. Whether its Gilad Shalit, or these three — holding hostages is wrong — evil. And that is exactly what the Iranians are doing. It’s their thing: parade the hostages in front of the western media about once per month. It’s always been their thing and it’s wrong no matter what college the hostage attended.

Ken on July 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Hate speech at its finest.

mcthorogood on July 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I have lived in Iran, Central Asia, and the Middle East for 30 years.

While I have many adversaries, and worthy enemies, I always take the high road by understanding their plight and appreciating they are human. Simultaneous to this, I do everything possible to make sure they can never harm me or my team members.

So what if those young kids are “liberal”? I am conservative, but I do not want the liberals, or anybody else for that matter, to “Rot in Hell”. What is wrong with you? Have you had a bad day, so that you take it out on some kids who are in Evan prison? Do you want all liberals to waste away in prison, and then hang alone, on the end of a rope?

I am deeply saddened to read your mean-spirited words. Your sentiments are typical of people who have never lived in the rancid belly of war, to witness broken people, maimed children, and ghost villages that are a toxic waste dump of despair.

One so outwardly beautiful as you, nevertheless radiates the inner, vindictive hatred of a severely maladjusted person. To me, you are more vicious sounding than some of the worst Mujahid that I have met in the mountains of Central Asia, just prior to their departure for a head-cutting expedition.

Alan Howell Parrot

Alan Howell Parrot on August 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Please don’t be so hateful and narrow minded. Just because someone is not pro-Israel does not mean they are evil. I am an Atheist and always look at both sides of the story. I was raised in Africa where the government fed us lies in our news stories. So I tend to be skeptical of any government stance. Israel is good and Arab is bad… I just don’t buy that. Some of the kindest, sweetest people live in the Muslim Arab world. Also have some compassion for others. At the end of the day our common humanity is greater than our political differences.

WandaKitty on August 14, 2011 at 12:57 am

If these hikers are so anti Israel and US government why would they spy on Iran and if they are anti Israel why wouldn’t Iran embrace them. If you study the policies of the US and Isreal since the state of Israel came into exsistence you will see that Israel and the USA have refined state terrorism and are the causes of the world’s major conflicts. Anyone who wants to can goggle Israel 9-11 connection and read about that wonderful country and how they didn’t warn America about the attack. I oppose the policies of Iran and all dictatorships but Israel is populated and controlled by Europeans who killed or ran off the inhabitants in order to move Russians and other eastern europeans

Bob Decker on August 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

If the Jews were Gawd’s “Chosen Ones” why did he make the Jews turn LEFT to worthless barren land instead of turning RIGHT to lands OOZING WITH UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNTS OF VALUABLE OIL?

August on August 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

“If these hikers are so anti Israel and US government why would they spy on Iran and if they are anti Israel why wouldn’t Iran embrace them.”

Well, quite. These far right people are kind of on the thick side and they haven’t worked that one out yet.

if ever there was a convincing argument for abortion, it’s the drooling cretins that read this desolatingly ignorant blog.

King Ludd on August 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Very sad story. Yes, they are definitely tools (in more ways than 1). However, I do feel sorry for them and anyone else sent to Evin prison. I have hope that Iran will free them with their eyes wide open (and not cut out like some less fortunate prisoners) and they will see the error of their ways and become patriotic Americans. Yes, the likelihood of this happening is almost nada, but it is what I pray for.

Jay on August 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Read the background on the 3 “hikers”. YOu won’t feel sorry for them, http://www.debbieschlussel.com/5868/let-em-rot-hiking-americans-detained-in-iran-are-pro-syrian-anti-israel-left-wing-journalist-activists/

sfwarrior on August 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I have only one response to this article:

Space Jews

schitty fattits on August 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I am in agreement with you that they weren’t just hiking, but you are obviously pro-Israel. You don’t seem to mention anything about how horrible the Israelis have been.

Steve on August 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Joshua Fattal…Mossad..The ages are right…The cover is right…The Iranians made a decision early on to release the female, because she would have been repeatedly raped in prison by the guards and workers there- (solitary confinement the only solution, resulting in bad press)…They will have a nice “back-pay check” when they get out…The stupid things people do for perceived love of country (Israel)once deceived by the leadership of such…Wake up kids.

Undercover on August 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I doubt they were helping non muslims leave Persia. Let them rot.

I hope more ‘leftists” from Berkely go a walking in the mountains of Persia.

James B from Canada on August 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

What happens to people that sneak into America?

Think on August 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

These poor and misunderstood idealists were in Syria to help seed the downfall of the Assad Regime.To travel through Kurdistan that has been repeatedly in the cross hairs of Turkey and Iran and claim to be innocent of intelligence gathering is ludicrous.
They should announce their conversion to Islam if they hope to reduce their sentence. Otherwise, they will see daylight when Pollard, Shalit, and Sharon dance with the zealots in the Tent City.

A real schlemeil on August 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    All 4 are jewish and are apologists like george sorous. they were not in syria for the topple of the syrian leader. they were there doing all kinds of anti israel pro palestinian crap. They are reaping what the sow!

    BS on September 18, 2011 at 2:57 am

I actually don’t care what these idiots are (Jews, Mossad, Christians, Syrians, missionaries), they do not deserve the US military and taxpayers sacrificing because of their stupidity.

Next time join the US Army if you like to hike around in war zones.

Justme on August 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

You are a dirty little bitch debbie (or whoever stands as ghostwriter behind you), and the only thing which comes into my mind, when i look at your blog is, that it is clear WHO is up to WHAT in here.

Sweet neo-con – i think you’ll rot in hell, when your time here is finally up – and that will be soon, if one looks at the tons of hate you produce and provocate with your blog.

But i am a peaceful german man – you have the freedom of speech – but i have it too – and i can’t stand beside so much nonsense without vomiting my thoughts about that at you.

Go to your tea-party and relax a bit, but -please- stop pollution of the world wide web.

thankyouverymuch…

Hagbard Celine on August 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

“Let them rot”… I think that sums up your character. Filled with hate for anyone who doesn’t think exactly like you do.

ernie on August 21, 2011 at 3:04 am

Not only is this blog filled with terrible writing, it’s also very obvious you are trying so hard to be Ann Coulter. You mask your opinions as facts and do nothing more than spawn hate and ignorance.

Kara on August 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

Well, it certainly appears that that these Adult “kids” aren’t to be held responsible for their own decisions. I don’t understand being in Iraq right now, let alone “accidentally” going over the border into Iran. Then everything I read about them leads me to think they are traitors to their own faith and people.

When “HIGH RISK” sport seekers jump into risky situations and they have to be rescued, it’s becoming more and more prevalent that the participants reimburse the rescuing agencies for their cost to pull them out of the drink. Maybe with these “High Risk” thrill seekers they should have to repay the cost of trying to get them released. I don’t think my tax money ought be spent to pull them out.

They got their on their own. There is no way this could be an accident. They claim to have been looking for a water fall? And they knew where the water fall was? So why wouldn’t one think they knew exactly where they were going??

Sorry no sympathy. I wish them no ill will, but they got their of their own free will, and rather stupid decisions they made in their lives.

highlander on August 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

What gets me most, that while I do not agree with the way this blogger stated her argument, what she says makes sense, and the so-called “peace and love” people in the comments section use much more violent and hateful speech than the original blogger to tell her how hateful and violent she is being.

Viancome on August 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

Wow I am a gentile woman whose family created canada and were the fist white settlers in 1640. You mean to tell me it is the jews who brought in the racist multicultural policy that is keeping women in their houses living in fear- because of ethnic gangs that have overtaken my once great nation called canada? We at least quebecers were the first in north america to take jews in and give them basic rights before any other place in north america. And why do they hate christmas so much, I dont hate their holidays! I never recall a jew ssaying merry christmas to me ever in canada and I have worked with them various times. Who are the real racists, i believe it never was white people.- we are the most opened minded people in the world but now we are not allowed to open our mouths. My uncle fought in ww2 for your freedoms do not forget that. At least I am a true canadian, jews did not arrive here until after ww2…………….

Jan on August 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Commenters here, myself excepted, simply spew “facts” about ethnicity culture nationality and religion completely without sourcing.

I offer no opinion, neither do I offer any fact which does not appear self evident beyond this web page.

My only desire is for truth, but no one else here seems in the least interested to investigate anything outside of their own preconceptions.

Divisive hot button topics like this one surrounding these supposedly Left-Wing/Right-Wing/Anti-Isreal/Pro-Israel/Mossad/CIA/Muslim Converts to Be/ Jewish-American Journalist-Hiker/Double Agent/Iraqi/Iranian/Persian Jewish/Mossad/ or whatever anyone wants to make them out to be, are the never ending reasons that hate fueled guided missile retaliatory strikes and suicidal lemming psychologies are so easy foist upon and divide anyone and everyone anywhere for the reason of perpetuating endless war and the massive economy killing funding behind it. The US “defeated” the Soviet Union in the Cold War, because the same Wall Street and International Banking interests funded both sides, favoring the West (until now bringing the US to it’s knees). The Soviet Union simply could not keep up economically in it’s support of it’s own military industrial complex with less favorably borrowed funds from it’s US competitor’s financial backers.

The end result will be a disinvestiture of all major and secondary global economies until the central banks own everything from all the earth’s real estate, to all the world’s food production, and all the licensing for the human genome itself within each human body, and any pharmaceutical and natural medicine, nutrient

QP Dahl on August 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Commenters here, myself excepted, simply spew “facts” about ethnicity culture nationality and religion completely without sourcing.

I offer no opinion, neither do I offer any fact which does not appear self evident beyond this web page.

My only desire is for truth, but no one else here seems in the least interested to investigate anything outside of their own preconceptions.

Divisive hot button topics like this one surrounding these supposedly Left-Wing/Right-Wing/Anti-Isreal/Pro-Israel/Mossad/CIA/Muslim Converts to Be/ Jewish-American Journalist-Hiker/Double Agent/Iraqi/Iranian/Persian Jewish/Mossad/ or whatever anyone wants to make them out to be, are the never ending reasons that hate fueled guided missile retaliatory strikes and suicidal lemming psychologies are so easy foist upon and divide anyone and everyone anywhere for the reason of perpetuating endless war and the massive economy killing funding behind it. The US “defeated” the Soviet Union in the Cold War, because the same Wall Street and International Banking interests funded both sides, favoring the West (until now bringing the US to it’s knees). The Soviet Union simply could not keep up economically in it’s support of it’s own military industrial complex with less favorably borrowed funds from it’s US competitor’s financial backers.

The end result will be a disinvestiture of all major and secondary global economies until the central banks own everything from all the earth’s real estate, to all the world’s land or sea based food production, and all the licensing for the human genome itself within each human body, and any pharmaceutical or natural medicine, nutrient or supplement available anywhere.
If want to own the skin you are in, do not be enticed to criticize the color of or any aspect of any artificially defined group or subgroup of people anywhere, just because you believe that they do not share one of more of your interests.

We ALL share the same basic interest: TO LIVE.

If you don’t want to live KILL YOURSELF. Do NOT go about making it more difficult for others who actually WANT to live. The rotting corpse you create is the bio weapon which will eat you and yours within the fortifications of your walled city. You catapulted the diseased carcass over your own battlements yourself. As you die, you will remember your crime against yourself: You neglected to love your neighbor AS yourself, because he/she IS you. Your attack against your neighbor results in the demise of your own body, and your neglect in defending them has resulted in the death and disintegration of your soul. The compost left from these physical and spiritual realities will fertilize new growth in your cities which lie in dust. The eye socket of your skull becomes the soil rooted anchor in a sun flower planter. The seams of your cranial sutures, sealed after infancy, separate again because the root idea of love and peace were too large for your brain cavity to contain. Life spills out from the prison of death and destruction that was the home of the organ that hosted your tiny mind. Love springs eternal from that black hole in the space between your ears. It was a bottomless pit of ignorance and hatred from which now must emanate wisdom and affectionate love of all your fellow human beings.

QP Dahl on August 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

What a hateful cunt.

joe blow on August 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

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