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The Three (now two) hikers held by Iran

 
 
wayne
 
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Reply Sun 26 Sep, 2010 04:58 am
@kennethamy,
kennethamy wrote:

Is is only me who finds it very weird that those three chose the Iraqi-Iranian border to go hiking of all the places in the world? "Say, let's go for a hike" "Great idea. Where should we go? I hear the Appalachian trail is interesting" "Nah, I have a better idea. Let's hike along the Iraqi-Iranian border". Huh? And what I find just as weird is that when one of them was released, she had lot's of interviews, and so far as I can tell, not one interviewer asked her the question, why did you choose that area to hike in? Not one. I would have thought that would be the first question to ask.


I have no idea what type of people these particular hikers are, so I can only speculate. Throughout my life I have read any and all adventure accounts I could get my hands on. Many of this type of persons seem to have little concern for political situations, although most of them are highly intelligent and have greater knowledge of the actual situation than most.
The instability of a region is an accepted risk to these types, quite often one of the lesser risks of the journey.
I have often wondered, as yourself, what adventurers were thinking when they undertook such risks. It is apparent that they see the world quite differently than most of us.
I have read a number of accounts of travels through this area, including northern Afganistan and Pakistan, over the years. The area is on the ancient route followed by Marco Polo, and the silk route. This area has never been what we would consider safe, and is probably no more dangerous now than it has been in the past. Most hikers rely on proper respect for tribal clans, seeking introductions along the way.
Of course, as I have stated, this is pure speculation as to the type of adventurer these hikers are. I suppose the question wasn't asked simply because the reporters are exactly the type to seek adventure. It never occured to them to ask a question they, themselves, could not answer; because it's there.
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JTT
 
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Reply Sun 26 Sep, 2010 08:28 am
@kennethamy,
There would be no conception of "foolishness" if Iran thought they could trust the USA. People might well be treking all over Iran, using Iranian ski resorts, walking their streets, shopping in their markets, sipping their lattes in bistros, IF IF IF the USA hadn't been such a greedy rapacious predator, [along with the UK].
kennethamy
 
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Reply Sun 26 Sep, 2010 10:03 am
@JTT,
JTT wrote:

There would be no conception of "foolishness" if Iran thought they could trust the USA. People might well be treking all over Iran, using Iranian ski resorts, walking their streets, shopping in their markets, sipping their lattes in bistros, IF IF IF the USA hadn't been such a greedy rapacious predator, [along with the UK].


It seems that you insist on turning the question of why the hikers did such a foolish thing into a discussion of foreign policy in the Middle East (or rather into an affirmation of your view of United States foreign policy in the Middle East). You should learn to distinguish among different issues. In any case, I don't want to discuss what you want to discuss since what you want to discuss is irrelevant to this thread. I am sure you can understand that.
JTT
 
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Reply Mon 27 Sep, 2010 03:14 pm
@kennethamy,
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It seems that you insist on turning the question of why the hikers did such a foolish thing into a discussion of foreign policy in the Middle East (or rather into an affirmation of your view of United States foreign policy in the Middle East).


No, I don't insist at all, K. You can talk about anything you want.

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You should learn to distinguish among different issues. In any case, I don't want to discuss what you want to discuss since what you want to discuss is irrelevant to this thread. I am sure you can understand that.


There would be no issue for you to discuss had it not been for the US/UK intervention in Iran. I merely provided some background. Is it that hard for you to come to terms with US/UK terrorism/crimes against humanity?



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