Tuesday, April 14, 2009

American Journalist Roxana Saberi: Fargo's Freedom; Iran's Ayatollahs

Update (May 11, 2009)
Roxana Saberi is an American journalist, in Iran, charged with espionage.

It's an open-and-shut case, as far as I can tell. She's been going around asking questions and taking notes. Spies ask questions and take notes. The verdict is due soon - two guesses what it'll be, and the first one doesn't count.

Looks like the Islamic Republic of Iran will show the world what Islam and Islamic justice is all about in the near future. The Ayatollah's notion of what 'real' Islam is, anyway.

Roxana Saberi - North Dakotan

This case is a bit more personal for me, since I grew up on the North Dakota/Minnesota border, in the Red River Valley of the North. Roxana Saberi grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. (For what it's worth, her father's Iranian, her mother Japanese. I'm interested in where people's ancestors come from - but I'm not as bothered by 'those foreigners' as some Real Americans seem to be.)

It's quite likely that Roxana Saberi will be convicted of espionage - or anything else that the Iranian bosses like.

The American government has demanded her release. A mouthpiece for Iran's judiciary called the demand "ridiculous and against international laws." (LAT blog)

My sympathy is with Roxana Saberi, her parents, Reza and Akiko, and everybody who has to deal with Iran and it's masters.

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Brigid said...

Sounds like it's time for a MacGyver style jail break.

Seriously, though, that's pretty nasty. Somebody get that lady out of there!

Brian H. Gill said...


'If wishes were horses.' - I feel the same way, but there are serious difficulties, logistically.

The Carter administration tried a rescue during the hostage crisis - massive loss of life when the well-intentioned conglomeration of military units ran into each other on the way.

I'm not blaming the soldiers: they were doing their job. Those from-the-top orders, on the other hand - never mind.

Then along came that actor fellow, who, as a candidate, joked about nuking Tehran as a solution (he'd been asked by someone in a scrum of reporters how he'd solve the complex Iranian hostage crisis). The Ayatollahs didn't wait to find out whether or not he was joking, and released the hostages rather promptly after the election.

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