On Tuesday the Washington Times posted an article reminding us that Iran has been holding two American hostages since July 31, 2009. The third hostage, Sarah Shourd, was released in September of last year. The three were arrested while hiking near the poorly marked border between Iraq and Iran and charged with spying.
The article states:
“The two Americans are being held in Evin Prison. Tehran’s central clearing house for dissidents, political prisoners and others who fall afoul of the Islamic regime. Miss Shourd was released in September 2010 after enduring 410 days of solitary confinement and after Iran was paid half a million dollars, which Tehran called bail money but was more akin to ransom. After her release, she told of beatings, isolation, threats of summary execution and other mistreatment at the hands of Iranian authorities.”
When America has a weak President, the world is a more dangerous place for everyone. President Obama needs to make the release of these two young men a priority. There is no evidence showing that is currently being done.