CONCERN FOR AMERICANS INCARCERATED IN FOREIGN LANDS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY ABOUT IT!

CONCERN FOR AMERICANS INCARCERATED IN FOREIGN LANDS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY ABOUT IT!

Today I am reading about, “Michigan Rally Shows Support For Ex-Marine Held By Iran”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michigan-rally-shows-support-for-ex-marine-held-by-iran_55e22291e4b0c818f61825b6

As a patriotic American citizen, I am sympathetic with any American held as prisoner in another sovereign nation, like Amir Hekmati.

AMER HEKMATI PRISONER OF IRAN

However, I know nothing and hear nothing about why Amir Hekmati is in Iran in the first place and why Hekmati was arrested, in this article, except American opinion that Hekmati was not a spy?

All that I know about Hekmati is that at one time he was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps; and I am reminded that the Oklahoma City Bomber, American Christian terrorist Timothy McVeigh, was a medal winning American soldier who served in the ‘Desert Storm’ war in 1991. The United States of America executed Timothy McVeigh!

Though I am thankful for Hekmati serving in the Marines, and I too served in the armed forces; however serving in the Marines should not give a person special privileges in America or abroad or in Iran.

And every day, I hear Republican politicians telling me all the things they are going to do to people who are in America as “illegal immigrants”.

And, frankly, these immigrant hating people seem to know, none of the reasons these illegal immigrant People are here, nor how good a neighbor and employee they appear to be in America, nor the reason they are here, nor anything about the illegal criminal American employers who lured them to America with the hope of employment and a better life for their families and children.

Personally, I travel a lot, and often overseas; I have legitimate reasons for traveling which I am openly willing to state when I go through border stops.

And, personally, I do not go into nations where there is any controversy at all about American travelers.

Assuming Amir Hekmati had a legitimate reason for being in Iran and was legally allowed to enter Iran; if I am to support his release, I would want to know what kind of behavior brought about his arrest and capture.

Although I am a patriotic America, and have compassion for my American neighbors, I have known of a large number of legal Americans that I loath for good reason, like Timothy McVeigh, and they frankly scare the hell out of me; and, our prisons are full of them and they are not illegal aliens.

When I am in a foreign country, I make the effort to know their particular laws, mores, and culture and abide by them. I am aware that it is possible to innocently become involved in a questionable activity, so I am particularly careful; but I have to admit that I have observed too many “Ugly Americans” alienating the people in their own foreign country, and I have little pity for those Americans, despite having compassion for them as an ‘ugly part of humanity’ without any compassion of their own.

During America’s exceedingly ugly wars of aggression in the Mideast, 2001-2014, I was a resident alien living in Switzerland 2001-2005, and I traveled a lot overseas; the United States, State Department, notified me that all “Americans living in foreign nations should avoid speaking English in crowded public places and avoid wearing “cowboy boots” or apparel identifying yourself as an American” because I was, it would appear, an endangered species for being an American citizen.

This did not make me proud to be an American; and there were times that I felt unappreciated as an American. It is not a good feeling!

All I can do is trust the U.S. State Department do what they can for any American held captive in a foreign country, and would like for families of foreign prisoners held by the United States, to know that I have compassion for them also and, especially all those prisoners of war and their families, that America has held captive and tortured in Gitmo Prison in Cuba, since 2001, without having had a hearing or being charged with a crime; the wars are now over and International Law requires Prisoners of war be released to their homeland when the war ends. This is a particular embarrassment to me.

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