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When it costs more then 3 lives to rescue 3 lives, it's not worth the risk. Massing up troops besides the Iran border is not going to make them fold, it will unite Iran and cause either a huge embarrasment for the US (and no release of the prisoners) or thousands of deaths. Either way these 3 should pay for their own stupidity.
As Ive said before, these were not journalists or missionaries who had the intent and foreknowledge of trespassing on a foreign country, one with which we are at war with. These were civilians who made a stupid mistake. And they have not been treated reasonably, and the US has made no serious attempt to get them released. I am not arguing for war unless that is what is neccesary. I am arguing for the govt to do its most fundamental responsiblity, which is to protect the lives of its citizens.
2) I could be wrong here, but did Iran ever sign the Geneva Convention. If not then they are not bound by it. What treaties are you referring to?
3) Maybe the State Dept. is trying to gain their release and just not publishing it. Maybe Iran wants more then we are willing to give.
These 3 idiots went where they were advised not to go. Sometimes people just have to take responsibility for their decisions.
You want the US Gov. (the gov that you say you are no longer a part of) to protect and close our border with Mexico.
Heres some info for traveling to Iran.
Last edited by wooyarn; 08-05-2010 at 08:39 AM. Reason: Adding info.
Declaring war on every country the US has bad relations with and who has American citizen's in jail is just bad policy, from whatever angle you look at it.
Take this for what it is worth as I got it from a friend of a friend of someone who was in the area when they were caught in Iran.
Apparently the area has signs warning people not to go farther as they will be subject to arrest. The hikers were warned and laughed it off. They had GPS with them.
They went into Iran knowingly and with the intention of having the thrill of saying that they crossed an international border intentionally and got away with it. Would have been good for a couple beers during story time at a bar somewhere afterwards.
Would have worked except they got caught.
I do not feel sorry for these idiots, just as I do not feel sorry for anyone dumb enough to poke a large bear with a short stick.
They got what they deserved, they should cowboy up and take their punishment.
I always find it strange that only reasonable people agree with me.