By Wyatt Earp | April 18, 2009
The charges? Who the Hell knows. The journalist was originally told she was being charged with “buying a bottle of wine.” Okay, I can see that, because she should really be buying the entire box.
Soon thereafter, the Iranians told her she was being charged with espionage. Lovely.
TEHRAN, Iran — A U.S. journalist in Iran was sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage, her father, lawyer and news reports said Saturday — a sentence that prompted denunciation from the United States.
Reports in Iranian media, including an Iranian judiciary source quoted Saturday by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency, confirmed the sentence of Roxana Saberi, a 31-year-old Iranian-American from North Dakota.
I am shocked. Really. I thought they would just rape her, stone her, and cut off her hands for that. /snark.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was “deeply disappointed” by the news. “We are working closely with the Swiss Protecting Presence to obtain details about the court’s decision, and to ensure her well-being,” Clinton said in a statement.
The United States will “continue to vigorously raise our concerns to the Iranian government,” Clinton said. “Ms. Saberi was born and raised in the United States, yet chose to travel to the Islamic Republic of Iran due to her desire to learn more about her cultural heritage. Our thoughts are with her parents and family during this difficult time.” (H/T – CNN)
Wow, that oughta show them. Give ‘em Hell, Hillary! Idiot.
How long will it take this administration to realize that Iran does not respond well to empty verbal threats? Not that that will stop them from trying, however. This entire story is a disgrace, and while we obviously cannot invade Iran to free Saberi, we should bee doing a helluva lot more than attacking them with empty rhetoric.
But by all means, let’s have our president and our ambassadors meet with these animals without preconditions.