The Paranoid Guide to Better Living: Hikers or Spies? - Page 2
So there is that. Meanwhile, Iran quickly accused them of spying after their detainment, without providing exact details. Just saying that their belongings gave the indication of spying. What could they possibly have been spying on in the middle of the freaking desert? Based on Iran's paranoia about the area, the mountainous Kurdish region near the border, perhaps we should point a satellite in that region and see what they were so afraid of.
If there is even anything there. Iran let Shourd go under demands for a $500K bail, the highest ever for an international prisoner. It's not known if money changed hands, but it is known that Shourd has some health issues that may have prompted her release. It's one thing to hold an American on false charges, it's another to let her die because of lack of medical care.
As for the other two, they are going to be tried on charges of espionage, with Shourd tried in absentia. We all know how awesome the Iranian court system is; these guys are screwed. Like I said earlier though, something doesn't seem right.
According to the movies, when a spy blows his cover, the host country disavows all knowledge of their existence as spies. They are on their own. Also, when spies are traded, you don't hear about it until it happens, which means there will be no trade here if they are spies.
I'm not saying they are spies, but what the hell were they doing hiking in Iraq? Haven't they ever heard of the Rockies? The Appalachian mountains? Yellowstone? The worst that happens there is the random bear encounter.
If they aren't spies, then we need to send in a Special Forces team and get them the hell out. Hell, even if they are spies, we need to send in a Special Forces team and get them the hell out. You think Israel would let any of its citizens rot in an Iranian prison? No freaking way. Bring them home, because if they were spies, they sucked at it anyway. Paranoia out.