Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have been keeping themselves out of the spotlight after their return from an Iranian prison. Their stupidity in deciding to "hike" along the Iranian border continues to be problematic not only to conservatives, but to liberals as well. A California newspaper printed a letter to the editor questioning the actions of Fattal and Bauer.
Bail or ransom?
Recently, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were released from an Iranian prison, after paying $500,000 each for "bail." I had not heard until recently that Sarah Shourd had also paid $500,000 "bail" for her release. This is a total of $1.5 million for the release of three hikers.
It is my understanding that "bail" allows people to leave jail and continue their lives while awaiting trial. If these three are not being required to return to an Iranian court, should this not be called ransom?
I would sure like to know if American tax dollars were used to pay any, or all, of this $1.5 million in ransom?
Please don't get me wrong. I do not believe that these three people belonged in prison, but I think there should be some penalty for stupidity.
Saying that this trio was just hiking near the Iran-Iraq border during an active war is like saying that Jane Fonda was just on vacation in Vietnam in the 1970s.