Saturday, June 02, 2007

Hostages: A Cultural Tradition

After the Iranian regime seizes British sailors last March the adverse consequences are pretty much non-existent. Hostage taking by Muslims is fairly common today as Islamic activists emulate and honor their cultural history. Aside from the Israelis, all other nations continue making concerted efforts to keep their responses “proportionate”.

Right Wing Nut House: You may have heard about the 3 Iranian Americans kidnapped by the gangsters currently in charge in Tehran. Then again, you may not have heard about it. Our media apparently now views hostage taking by the Persians so routine that it’s not even worth reporting on.

Michael Ledeen at Nation Review Online says there are now five individuals with American citizenship being held by various groups in Iran. The hostages serve as symbolic trophies for various factions of the theocracy as they maneuver for greater power. The United States responds to these provocations by updating a travel advisory.

May 31, 2007: Some elements of the Iranian regime and the population remain hostile to the United States. As a result, American citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest while traveling or residing in Iran. Recently, Iranian authorities have prevented a number of Iranian-American citizen academics, journalists, and others who traveled to Iran for personal reasons from leaving, and in some cases have detained and imprisoned them on various charges, including espionage and being threat to the regime. Americans of Iranian origin should consider the risk of being targeted by authorities before planning travel to Iran. Iranian authorities may deny dual nationals access to the United States Interests Section in Tehran, because they are considered to be solely Iranian citizens.

The Iranian Government does not recognize dual citizenship and generally does not permit the Swiss to provide protective services for U.S. citizens who are also Iranian nationals. In addition, U.S. citizens of Iranian origin who are considered by Iran to be Iranian citizens have been detained and harassed by Iranian authorities. Former Muslims who have converted to other religions, as well as persons who encourage Muslims to convert, are subject to arrest and prosecution.

The government of the United States of America wants to remind you that “some elements of the Iranian regime” … “remain hostile to the United States”. I suppose there is a logical consistency in the lack of alarm as Iran refuses to honor US citizenship. It’s not like US citizenship is anything meaningful to the Bush Administration. Oh by the way, in Iran they are willing to execute you for religious indiscretions like marrying a Jew.