These three Americans are all graduates of the University of California at Berkeley. As I write this today May 15, 2010 they have been held for 288 days. And all I do is ask why? And wonder why more Americans are not outraged at this.
To quote the freethehikers a web site set up by the parents of Shane, Josh and Sarah say that they care greatly about the world in which we live. They admire and respect different cultures and religions and share a love of travel that has taken them to many countries. That is why they went to Kurdistan, not because they wanted to enter Iran.
We hope the Iranian authorities understand that if Shane, Sarah and Josh were in Iranian territory there is just one reason: because they made a regrettable mistake and got lost. Please let them return home as soon as possible."