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Don Quixote
The GOP is on my last nerve
11:25 PM on 09/19/2010
Borders are inherently absurd constructs of modernity, as archaic and unteneble in a post-modern globalized world as are flawed concepts like national sovereignty, national territory and yes, even nationalism itself. Humans are migratory by nature - have been since day one - and anything that goes against nature is patently absurd. The planet belongs to all of us; it is our birthright. Nations are probably necessary for scales of economy and resource sharing, but why must they be so damn restrictive to moving bodies? We're not much worse than Iran in this respect.

Having said that, of all the beautiful magnificent places in the world to hike, why THERE?
11:21 PM on 09/19/2010
Those hikers were either really stupid or else we sent them. Either way, they had no business hiking on the Iranian border. Where does a US civilian get a traveler's visa to Iraq? At the time they were taken into custody, we were officially fighting a war there. Does the US embassy usually issue travel visas to war zones?
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Jim Accardi
11:32 PM on 09/19/2010
better question how did they get all the way to the border without being stopped by the us military, the iraqi military, insurgents, al qaeda or ieds.

No way these chicken heads would have been able to travel all that way to the border.
12:06 AM on 09/20/2010
The whole story sounds fake.
11:54 AM on 09/20/2010
Does the U.S. embassy issue visas to travel foreign countries? No, it is the foreign countries that do that.
12:00 PM on 09/20/2010
OK, picky. Since when did Iraq start issuing travel visas while we were busy blowing the place to kingdom come?
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Geauterre
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11:21 PM on 09/19/2010
It's nice that this young woman is home. Now hopefully in the future she'll have learned not to stumble around someone else's backyard or war zone.
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Jim Accardi
11:21 PM on 09/19/2010
this is complete bull , they were spies . Please what would the united states do if we capture 3 afghanis "hiking" in from the mexican border. They would be in gitmo .

who would go hiking in iraq and crossing into iran. Spiesssssssssssssssssssss.
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Lisette
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03:04 AM on 09/20/2010
i love your comment
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09:41 PM on 09/19/2010
They got what they deserved. How dare they put this country's foreign policy at risk because they wanted to go hiking and see a waterfall? How naive are they? How stupid? Did their parents not tell them that they'll get burned if they put their hands on a hot stove?

They are as stupid and annoying as those alleged 'journalists' who got themselves captured by North Korea and had to be rescued by Bill Clinton.

I'm beyond outraged at these three. Hilary Clinton should have left them to rot in Evin Prison. I know I would have. There's no bargaining with I'mADinnerJacket. The man is beyond insane. And now he's going to expect some sort of quid pro quo.
seattlejames
Retired military and law enforcement
10:24 PM on 09/19/2010
I can't agree with you more. Who in the world didn't know that Iraq was a war zone and that being there or near the border of Iran was not only risky but downright dangerous. Some Americans think that being American is a passport to go anywhere in the world without precautions or common sense. They do not have my sympathy or understanding.
09:48 AM on 09/20/2010
i like how they are being shown as the victims here
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BarryS
09:34 PM on 09/19/2010
are we going to find out that they had anti-Moslem, pro-convert-to-Christianity pamphlets in their backpacks? This is what happens time and time again.

Interestingly, I don't remember any Americans being arrested on the Poland/Germany border in 1945 because they were enchanted by the Oder River.
09:31 PM on 09/19/2010
Now that she's home safely, why on EARTH, would they be hiking in Iraq DURING A WAR?!? I cannot believe what a dumb idea this was.
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GrumpyinAZ
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09:15 PM on 09/19/2010
Wow, she'll be home in time for the walking tour of Cambodian Minefields
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Gin1234
10:03 PM on 09/19/2010
Been there, done that.
10:27 PM on 09/19/2010
This is absolutely hysterical.
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09:09 PM on 09/19/2010
Give me a break! The only people believing this "just a couple of students hiking in a popular tourist spot" story are her colleagues in the intelligence community.
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GrumpyinAZ
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09:16 PM on 09/19/2010
stinks of Mossad
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Gin1234
10:03 PM on 09/19/2010
Well, she and her buddy were not claiming to be a couple of students.
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10:21 PM on 09/19/2010
Oh, excuse me - replace 'Students' with 'Americans' - better?
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Sansculotte
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09:03 PM on 09/19/2010
They were "hiking" on the Kurdish - Iranian border.
Really?
They are either lying - or beyond stupid.
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SaddleBum
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10:28 PM on 09/19/2010
lying, of course
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robjh1
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08:57 PM on 09/19/2010
There is a message here. Stay out of enemy territory no matter how adventurous you feel. Danger is always present.
10:29 PM on 09/19/2010
How does an American get into a war zone without being a government worker. Do they actually issue passports?
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jweider
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08:16 PM on 09/19/2010
They were just three nincompoops out for a walk in a war zone. What's the problem?
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Sansculotte
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09:04 PM on 09/19/2010
LOL.
Exactly.
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08:07 PM on 09/19/2010
" It`s all a huge misunderstanding "...yes, yes....we believe you....LOL
07:53 PM on 09/19/2010
I'm stunned by the meanness of most of the comments here. Kurdistan advertises itself as relatively safe to visit. The place they went to see is a popular tourist spot - the highest waterfall in the middle east.

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/tonka_eng/1/1267970443/tpod.html

http://wikitravel.org/en/Kurdistan
Maybe they were stupid or maybe they just got to be hostages by another name as evidenced by the ransom demands for their release. I kind of like the idea of people wanting to learn about the world first hand.

As I understand it, the family raised the "bail"/ransom.

Maybe they were stupid, but I'm stunned by how cruel everyone is about this subject.
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Amryxx
politeness rules, but with sharpened edges
08:00 PM on 09/19/2010
Well, North Korea advertises itself as a worker's paradise. Doesn't exactly makes it true, though.
08:14 PM on 09/19/2010
Good point. Still, it's too bad that more people aren't curious about the world. Maybe it would be harder to stereotype people and drop bombs on them if we got to know them and they us. Just a thought.

No way of knowing, but my bet would be that these "kids" didn't cross the border. In any case, what were they spying on? Waterfalls? They are pawns.

And even if they were/are stupid morons, what has happened to our capacity for kindness and compassion in this country - our fellowship with even our stupid fellow citizens?
08:04 PM on 09/19/2010
It's not really all that stunning, is it? I think, ultimately, people are less disturbed by the irresponsible conduct of these individual than the MSM's inescapable coverage of it. It begs the question: should I actually care that these people take such risks for the thrill of adventure? It's not surprising to me that the answer is a resounding no.
08:16 PM on 09/19/2010
Maybe, but I think it's a sign of just how fractured and morally broken this country is right now, that we have no solidarity with young people who've been through an ordeal - whether it was of their own making or whether they were basically kidnapped, which is what I suspect happened to them.
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07:46 PM on 09/19/2010
Dude hiking in a war zone on the border of a hostile nation, dumb and suicidal