before you criticize the hikers

The article linked below gives a lot of good information to counter the misconceptions that the three U.S. hikers detained in Iran somehow deserve to be in jail because they were naive, spoiled kids. Callous remarks about how they “should have known better” remind me of comments made about victims of rape: that it’s the fault of the person raped for dressing the wrong way or being out too late at night, anything but putting the blame where it belongs: on the perpetrator.

Sarah, Josh, and Shane are anything but naive, and have done more to make the world a better place than any naysayer sitting at a computer leaving nasty comments about people they don’t know.

(click on the title to continue reading)

Randall Amster

You’ve probably heard about the three hikers being held in Iran since last summer. Their case has become a political football, highlighting the inherent tensions and absurd machinations of the U.S.-Iran relationship. If you’ve followed the story even casually, you also likely have an impression of the hikers as either being dumb and naive or spoiled kids deserving of their fate. These perceptions are actually well off the mark, and in some ways have served to perpetuate their plight. Incarcerated for nearly a year now, we might finally consider taking a moment to set the record straight, and in the process come to appreciate the dedicated activism of these remarkable individuals.

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