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(*ACTUAL STORY-Hostages in Iran: Day 762)

Hostages in Iran: Day 760

It has been 760 761 762 days since Shane Michael Bauer and Joshua Felix Fattal were taken hostage prisoner by The Islamic Republic of Iran.  The two American men were officially sentenced last week to 8 more years each on trumped up charges of espionage (5 years) and illegal entry (3 years). The men, along with their companion Sarah Shourd were abducted arrested while hiking near a waterfall in a resort area of Iraqi Kurdistan after allegedly crossing the craggy, unmarked frontier.
Ms.Shourd was freed released on September 10, 2010 on a $500,000 ransom bail ostensibly for “medical complications” resulting from breast cancer.  However, the Iranian regime demanded her return at the start of the show trial which began on July 31, 2011.  She understandably declined their invitation to be taken hostage again and continues to fight for her companions release from the safety of her home in the United States.  We can only imagine that what must be particularly distressing for Ms.Shourd is the fact that Shane Bauer is also her fiancee.
The Obama Administration, never at a loss for words when it comes to parochial political considerations or averse to prime time speaking opportunities has remained deathly silent when it comes to the fate of the hostages prisoners in Iran.  It must be said that in preparation for this editorial we extensively searched for statements from the President or officials in his Administration on this crisis situation and we found virtually nothing.  There are a plethora of quotes on obstructionist Republicans, hobbits, trolls, protecting the rich, the problems inherited from George Bush and hostage taking Tea-Partiers.  But almost nothing concerning the very real fact that the Mullahs Iranian Government is using American hostages prisoners (there are more than just Mr.Bauer and Fattal being held captive) as a bargaining tool.

Here are a few of the most recent statements we could find (along with the dates and linkbacks to the complete stories):

 

  • Obama urges Iran to release three U.S. hikers“Their unjust detention has nothing to do with the issues that continue to divide the United States and the international community from the Iranian government…” President Obama, Reuters, July 30, 2010
  • US ‘Deeply Disappointed’ With Hikers’ Sentence in Iran: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is “deeply disappointed…”  and joins Obama in expressing their “unflagging support” for the two men.” Voice of America, August 21, 2011
  • Hikers’ sentence in Iran a miscarriage of ‘justice’: ” The Obama administration has called for the Americans’ release, as has U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Amnesty International, Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu, Muhammad Ali and dozens of other prominent international figures. The Iranian government’s contempt for international judicial norms does it no good. It ought to free the hikers.” Washington Post, August 26, 2011
  • US hikers can’t walk: “We have repeatedly called for the release of Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, who have now been held in Iran’s Evin prison for two years…It is time to reunite them with their families.” State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, August 30, 2011

These are by no means all the articles or references to this ongoing injustice story but it gives you an overview, certainly when compared to the President’s pronouncements on every other issue under the Sun as to the seeming lack of concern for the men’s fate.  We can only imagine what is going on behind closed doors between the Administration and the Iranian Government but hope that a more forceful and robust ultimatum response has been issued regarding their release.   We encourage everyone, regardless of political party or ideology to contact the White House, members of their Congressional Delegation, the Press, local Newspapers and demand that action be taken immediately to secure their release.  We would also ask that you help raise awareness of this travesty through your various social networks.   Resources: (This list will be updated.  Feel free to contribute additional sources.) Amnesty International Effort to Free Hostages Free The Hikers Free the Hikers (FB) The White House US House of Representatives US Senate Associated Press CNN FoxNews ABC NBC CBS