Saturday, January 16, 2016

Four Iranian hostages released in trade for Iranians held in U.S.

Of course, it is wonderful news that the four hostages have been released and are on their way to the Army hospital at an American base in Germany. Apparently, two are not in very good health.

The Americans have been exchanged for six Iranians who were being held by the U.S. and awaiting trials for allegedly breaking laws regarding the sanctions on Iran.

The exchange is said to be part of the Nuke deal that was agreed to this past summer. The Nuclear Observers today announced they have completed inspections in Iran and the country is abiding by the agreement. As a result, U.S. Pres. Obama is expected to release $150 Billion to Iran within the next few days.

The longest held hostage has been there over four years, the next over three years.

Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested in Aug. 2011 during a visit to see his grandmother. He was charged with espionage and sentenced to death for allegedly being a CIA spy (what the Iranians stated about him).

Seed Abedini, a Christian minisiter, was held for 3.5 years, sentenced to 8 years for gathering with others for Bible studies.

Matthew Trevithick also was released, but separatly from the other four. He was released after 40 days and was there for a four-month intensive language course.

Evin Prison was where they were kept and Americans have said the prison was where horrible things have happened. Once the Americans are home, I'm sure we will learn much more about their treatment.

Another man frieed was Khosravi-Roodsari, but we don't know anything about his at this point.

Robert Levinison, who was 67 years old when captured, was NOT part of the deal. It is not known if he is even still alive.

It is truly wonderful for the four Americans to be released. That said, the Nuclear Agreement is still of major concern to me. This morning from 4 to 6 a.m. I watched a documentary discussion the obsession Muslims have with the West and with Israel. There were many videos of children, including Iranian children, shouting death to America and ranting about how they wanted to murder all Americans. Because of the hatred and indoctrination that goes on in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries (as well as in other parts of the world, but we are discussing IRAN), it is doubtful to me that over time, the Iranians will abide by the agreement. Once they have the money, the sanctions are lifted and they have a little time under their belt, I think they will continue with their development of a nuclear weapon.

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