Pleading parents want their children back. The parents and children are American. The captors are Iranian. The children, all twenty-something adults, crossed the Iran-Iraq border last summer.
The story is that they had been tourists in Kurdistan, and had decided to go hiking in an area known for its waterfalls. They ended up in Iran. And in custody.
That Iran-Iraq border is pretty ambiguous. In some media accounts, it is said to be heavily guarded. According to others, border guards get bribed and look the other way while all kinds of people and things slip across.
What’s your pleasure? Extremists? Weapons? Oil? Drugs and booze make it through, as well. Is there anything that doesn’t make it across the Iran-Iraq border?
If all this smuggling of God knows what is going on at the border, how did the three American hikers not cross paths with alcohol runners, gun runners, insurgents, and everybody else? That Iran-Iraq border is really popular. And not just with smugglers. “Coalition” troops are supposed to be patrolling it, as well.
Kids, stay away from the Iran-Iraq border. There are other, less risky places to be a tourist.
No good can come from hanging around there.