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Monday, June 25, 2007

Iran Taking Hostages?

Iranian Hostage Crisis; Where’s the outrage? Indeed. Katherine Jean Lopez is somewhat pissed that the U.S. and media doesn’t appear to worked up about the five Iranian-Americans that are being held hostage by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

As stated by Lopez it may be because we are presently in “diplomatic mode” with Iran. Said Katherine Jean Lopez this morning:

“A diplomatic mode that — with the names Parnaz Azima, Haleh Esfandiari, Ali Shakeri, Tajbakhsh, and Robert Levinson on our minds — should have all Americans angry, nervous, and praying that the Bush administration is working on something good they’re keeping close to the vest. Praying that they are as skeptical of Iran as they should be. Praying that they are willing to put in place a debilitating sanctions policy and send clear signals of support to the good men and women of Iran who want another kind of life there, free of the terrorists who run the country.”

We can only “hope and pray” that something good is up our sleeves, but of course no one can be sure. Initially, upon the hostages abduction reaching Reuters; Reuters pretty much reported it a no more than an issue of “dual citizenship,” (the page with this report is unfortunately “missing). This sites reaction that day couldn’t help but think of Navin Johnsons reaction to a the shooting of oil cans.

May 31st found WebMemo #1479 by Kim R. Holmes and James Phillips at The Heritage Foundation reacting to the situation as “Iran’s latest round of hostage-taking,” which of course it is.

Interestingly WaPo published a report this past Friday June 21 regarding the U.S. refusal to release five Iranians detained in Iraq that Iran not surprisingly refers to as “diplomats.” In an odd reaction to this report, Scott Horton of Harpers posted on the “refusal” as part of a childish schoolyard game:

“What does the detention of the Arbil Five have to do with the detention of the Americans in Tehran? Everything. If you look at the Iranian statements, you’ll see that both the number and the accusations against the Americans have been carefully made to parallel what happened in Iraq. This is a simple case of one gross injustice being countered with another one. Of two nation-states behaving like schoolyard bullies. And who suffers? Well, my sympathies are with the Americans in captivity in Tehran, of course. Some of these folks are well-respected scholars, voices of moderation–voices that are badly needed just now. But I can’t deny being a bit angry about what has been done in America’s name with the Arbil Five. It’s an outrage, and it’s shameful. This elementary-school situation cries out for the principal to come and intervene.”

Beyond the fact that this is only so much moral equivocating, I’m struck by Horton’s reliance upon “Iranian statements,” as though the word of the Tehrrorists of Tehran can speak any truth. I don’t believe this is the type of reaction Katherin Lopez is speaking of in her post. Considering the five detained in Iraq, the Iranian so-called “diplomats,” are members of the Iranian Quds Force, which even msm paid member MSNBC see as nasty fellas. Wiki “whatever you want it to be” pedia; doesn’t appear to think to highly of them either. Hamad Karzai, the president of Aghanistan is outraged over Iranian “diplomats,” and their efforts at “diplomacy” in in his country as well.

Where does one suppose Horton gets the gall to compare the two detentions? Perhaps it’s from the same schoolyard he refers to in his reaction. At the least he feels for those in Tehran, which is I guess a start in the right direction.

How dare the U.S. play these childish games! For the sake of the planet and peace in the Mid-East region we should be sitting down with the Iranian leadership to resolve the Iraq war, which Iran has done much to foment; after all Iran’s intentions are entirely peaceful, and truly so if one takes them at their word. At least Iran offers good faith; and their assistance in sewing peace would go a long way.

To Mr. Horton and others that seek a peaceful solution to this latest Iranian crisis; this offering from Michelle Malkin on Sunday June 24, is a must see/read for those that want to bone up on who it is we will/would be negotiating with. This “schoolyard” playground is centuries behind any schoolyard in the U.S.; and the monitors enforce the dress code in a slightly aggressive manner.

Iranian Hostages


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