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Hiker Sarah Shourd criticizes Iranian, American policies
SFGate ^ | 12/27/11 | Ellen Huet

Posted on 12/27/2011 12:05:00 PM PST by SmithL

Sarah Shourd, one of three UC Berkeley graduates that were detained in Iran, spoke out Monday against the Iranian government as well as American policies that she said kept her and the two other hikers in prison for months.

When Shourd was released in September 2010 after more than a year in prison, she thanked Iran’s president and Ayatolla Khomeini for her “compassionate release from detention,” expressing gratitude because she feared for the fate of the two other hikers, who were still imprisoned, she wrote in The Daily Beast. The two hikers, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were released in September.

In her article and in light of Fattal and Bauer’s release, she revised her thanks to Iran.

“Perhaps it wasn’t dishonest of me to thank the Iranian government 16 months ago, but now I can be more specific,” she wrote. “Thank you for using us to further deepen your own crisis of legitimacy around the world and with your own people. Thank you for laying bare your total disregard for justice, fairness, and human liberty.”

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: iran; losthiker
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1 posted on 12/27/2011 12:05:11 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Like I’m going to take notes on foreign policy from somebody who was stupid enough to be hiking in Iran.


2 posted on 12/27/2011 12:06:25 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SmithL

Looks like the check bounced.


3 posted on 12/27/2011 12:08:17 PM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: dfwgator
Like I’m going to take notes on foreign policy from somebody who was stupid enough to be hiking in Iran.

Or graduated from Berkley.

4 posted on 12/27/2011 12:10:16 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: SmithL

So says the moron who hiked in an unmarked border region. How about keep your little butt at home until you learn how the real world works.

Maybe they should hike the DMZ between the Koreas or the mountains between India and Pakistan next.


5 posted on 12/27/2011 12:11:24 PM PST by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: SmithL

Alternate Title: Brat Deeply Offended by Any Country Who Fails to Take Her Feelings Into Consideration When Implementing Foreign Policy or Security Measures. But that’s a very long title.


6 posted on 12/27/2011 12:11:24 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: SmithL
Stockholm syndrome.
7 posted on 12/27/2011 12:12:08 PM PST by kjo
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To: SmithL
Ayatolla Khomeini.... is DEAD! She either doesn't know who is the current "Grand Ayatolla" or the reporter goofed. Both are equally likely.
8 posted on 12/27/2011 12:12:52 PM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: SmithL
I've been proven wrong again. I used to think that a 2nd Lieutenant with a map is the most dangerous weapon in America.

This gal trumped that tenfold.

9 posted on 12/27/2011 12:12:56 PM PST by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: SmithL

*YAWN*


10 posted on 12/27/2011 12:16:28 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Why do people keep telling me Killcult is a Religion Of Peace?)
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To: SmithL
Shourd cited HR 1905, the Iran Reduction Act, a bill that she said would prevent low-level discussions between Iran and the Washington, “the only type that has proven effective.”

“In the absence of diplomacy, the slow march toward military conflict with Iran continues unabated,” Shourd wrote.

Well....they were there for a long time, engaging in diplomacy at its lowest level. How'd that work out?

11 posted on 12/27/2011 12:17:41 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: SmithL

Twit.


12 posted on 12/27/2011 12:18:16 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: SmithL
Sorry but I still say that nobody "Hikes on the Iran/Iraq border. The very sugestion is absurd.
13 posted on 12/27/2011 12:18:34 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SmithL

Looking mighty guilty to me.

14 posted on 12/27/2011 12:19:03 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: SmithL

Iran should have kept this genetic democrat in the hole.


15 posted on 12/27/2011 12:19:03 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Huntress
Twit.

Wrong vowel.

16 posted on 12/27/2011 12:19:03 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Azeem

I was thinking they should go sailing off the Somali coast.


17 posted on 12/27/2011 12:19:45 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: SmithL

What in hell were those three people doing in such a dangerous place, never mind walking around as they pleased-they are unbelievably lucky to be alive to talk about that misadventure. Did they even have a GPS? A cell phone?


18 posted on 12/27/2011 12:20:32 PM PST by Texan5 ( "You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...")
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To: SmithL

Guess it is time (at least in their own minds) to cash in on their gross stupidity.
Unless they were ‘employed’ by the ‘Company’ or one of its affiliates, there is absolutely no reason for any of the dumbies to be in the region - the fact that ‘we’ had to waste time and resources to free them is enough payment, in fact they should be back charged and made to pay for expenses, right down to all phone calls made in their behalf.


19 posted on 12/27/2011 12:24:25 PM PST by xrmusn ((6/98) EGOIST - A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me. A. Bierce)
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To: SmithL

Sarah Shourd = Aman


20 posted on 12/27/2011 12:26:13 PM PST by Mashood
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