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One Year Later, Little Hope for US Hikers Held in Iran

World  (tags: world, conflict, iran, hikers, hostages, middle-east, humanrights, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!' )

- 3217 days ago -
As relations between the US and Iran sputter, 3 American hikers languish in the middle.


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patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday August 2, 2010, 12:43 am
Here again -Iran - a despotic regime with no 'human rights' charter - and these three hikers are the meat in the sandwich.

Cheree M (46)
Monday August 2, 2010, 2:15 am
Sadly noted & Keeping them all in my Thoughts & Prayers & Pray for their safe return & well being. TY Cal for the update.

Stan B (123)
Monday August 2, 2010, 3:44 am
No point in putting IRAN and JUSTICE in the same sentence. These unfortunate people will be held as pawns for as long as it suits this murderous regime.

patricia lasek (317)
Monday August 2, 2010, 4:48 am
For the life of me, I cannot figure out why they were even there to start. There are many places to hike in the world without baiting the loonies.

Terry B (649)
Monday August 2, 2010, 11:09 am
Well, of course, anyone hiking near the Iranian border is guilty of felony stupidity.

No sympathy. I have really important things to worry about like crab grass.

Peter B (54)
Monday August 2, 2010, 11:10 am
noted and shared thanks Cal

Bracha Katz (31)
Monday August 2, 2010, 12:54 pm
Poor guys. They did something stupid, but they don't deserve this. Thanks Cal

Rebecca Y (26)
Monday August 2, 2010, 1:08 pm
Hey, I have a great idea for a vacation: Let's go to Afghanistan and hike everywhere and take great photos.....or maybe to Iran....or Iraq.....
What were they thinking????

Michael M (35)
Monday August 2, 2010, 1:15 pm
Morons. I have no sympathy for them. Hiking In a country ravaged by war that their country started ? And on the border with another country that hates the US. They are lucky to be alive.

Marilyn K (50)
Monday August 2, 2010, 1:48 pm
By holding these hikers hostage, the Iranians are flexing their muscle. The worst part for the families is the waiting and not knowing what will actually happen and when.

josie batlles (44)
Monday August 2, 2010, 3:31 pm
thank you for sharing x

Lorin S (52)
Monday August 2, 2010, 3:38 pm
I think these hikers might have made a very bad decision of their choice of route, but they don't deserve to be held hostage like this. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Another reminder of what a dangerous and inhuman regime the Iranian people are forced to put up with! I'm afraid the rest of the world is learning they are also at risk from the insanity of Iran's leaders.

Marie Therese H (10)
Monday August 2, 2010, 4:20 pm
I feel sorry for those kids. At their age I was also an idealiste....didn't think anything really rotten would happen if I did nothing wrong. I've learned since then and so did those kids...

Stefan Dwornik (3)
Monday August 2, 2010, 4:21 pm
The Iranians are some of the most despicable people in the world. What government takes nearly 5oo people hostage, and 20yrs later they take 3 young Americans. Their reason, these were obviously spies; more like Gutless Iran uses the innocent as bargaining chips. We won't bargain with a President who was among the students in charge of holding our embassy personnel hostage. You can pray 4-5 times a day, but if you don't have Love in your heart, you'll never be able to pray your way to heaven. How about the 50 virgins for the murderers, I mean martry, they fact that they envision physical in Heaven says volumes.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday August 2, 2010, 4:55 pm
Noted , hope they will come home soon !!!

Teresa K (33)
Monday August 2, 2010, 8:04 pm
They have more then paid the price for a stupid mistake!

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Monday August 2, 2010, 9:22 pm
I think that it's pretty evident that Iran kidnapped these hikers under the guise of illegal entry as a means of trying to force this country to negotiate things like their pursuit of nuclear weapons. While it's a tragedy for the hikers and their families, you can't blame our Government for not bowing to the blackmail from Iran. And in all honesty, I have to put some blame on the hikers themselves for putting themselves in harm's way. Why on earth were they anywhere NEAR that border? It was a really stupid mistake on their part. One they are suffering for beyond belief. I hope with all my heart that they are released and come home soon!

low beng kiat (128)
Monday August 2, 2010, 9:34 pm

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 1:29 am
Perhaps the border wasn't very well signposted.......whatever the reason - the Iranians will make any excuse for the reason they were kidnapped.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 2:00 am
hey Terry - thanks for the laugh....things do tend to get rather serious...

Bob Algeron (47)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 7:11 am
That what happens to naive souls, who are taught that every devil has a soft spot inside. I hope this trio got its portion of common sense, even though they had to spent a year due to Iranian hospitality.


Thomas D (12)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 8:30 am
Noted. I have to agree with Michael M .

ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 5:08 pm
Let's pray and hope that they get released ASAP, some may not believe it but God does perform miracles.

Jess Noel Walsh (8)
Wednesday August 4, 2010, 10:46 am
God, those people being held in Iran need our prayers and I pray that all prayers for them are answered! I pray that they make it out of there safe and that they come to find you and your amazing love at some point in their lives! They need to have you in their hearts! And if any of them already have accepted you, I hope that they keep the faith and that they are all (saved yet or not) blessed! -Amen.

Robert S. (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 11:41 am
Why were those "kids" hiking there anyway????
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