The Islamic Republic of Iran released an American female hiker on health grounds who had strayed into Iran after one year of captivity, most or all in solitary confinement. She and her two companions were accused of spying but never charged. I must say the circumstances of their arrest are surprising. Who would be so stupid as to hike near the deadly border of the deadly Islamic Republic, especially considering that one of the hikers if of Iranian origin? It turns out the three are from Berkeley, California. This explains everything. Cultural relativism can turn right around and bite you in the ass.
The hikers were not charged, as I said. I am pretty sure some faction or other would have charged them with espionage if there had been anything. Instead, one of them was charged for her freedom. The liberal media failed to comment on the most interesting part of the story. Someone charged $500,000 “bail,” in return for her freedom. Some highly placed mullah must have thought: She is going anyway; might as well get a Mercedes for each of my sons out of this.
The first person who said anything about this within my earshot is a man I know who was brought up as a Muslim, in that part of the world. It’s not bail, he said, it’s a ransom. Of course, he was right. Bail is a bond posted, deposited someplace, to insure that the person will show up for trial. There is no question of the female hiker going back to trial anywhere in Iran.
As always, I have been watching for the reactions of individual Muslims, and especially, for the reaction of Muslim organizations that say they represent Muslims. I have not seen any except from the clear-headed guy I mentioned above. You would expect them to state categorically that ransoming is inhumane and forbidden by the Koran. You would probably be dead wrong. Kidnapping infidels and selling them for ransom is perfectly all right. In fact, I think the Koran unambiguously approves of this practice.
If I am wrong, I will be glad to correct myself on this blog in font twice larger than the one I am using here.