(Deb Schlussel looked at their background and nailed it down here.)
I predicted back then that they obviously felt that their anti-US sentiments would protect them from harm, basing this on their liberal backgrounds and their presence in the freaking war zone in defiance of State Department recommendations. Sure enough, just as soon as they are all three back in our country, they knock it in one of their first interviews.
The hikers' detention, [Shane] Bauer said, was "never about crossing the unmarked border between Iran and Iraq. We were held because of our nationality."
He said they don't know whether they had crossed the border. "We will probably never know."
The irony of it all, he said, "is that Sarah, Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility."
So they freely admit not even knowing if they'd crossed the border or not, but still claim that they were only detained due to being Americans...and then they bash American foreign policy in the same sentence, ignoring the fact that it was only a lot of American diplomacy behind the scenes (and probably a lot of American cash) that brought about their release. If that isn't hallmark liberal whacky-think in action, I don't know what would be.
I have to wonder if there isn't some way that we could get Iran to agree to take these three useless and ungrateful trust fund kids back and give us a few normal Iranian dissidents who would jump at the chance to become loyal, faithful, hard-working Americans.