I am continued to be baffled why people visit Iran or its environs. Hikers walk up mountains which border on Iran and then are shocked to be captured and sent to jail. Why does anyone with an ounce of common sense get anywhere within twenty miles of the borders of Iran is beyond my comprehension. Zahra Bahrami, an Iranian born woman who became a Dutch citizen returned to her native land in 2009 and was arrested while joining with thousands in protests against the fraudulent election of Ahmadinejad. She was denied access to Dutch officials in Iran and disappeared into the labyrinth known as the “Iranian judicial system.” There was a trial and she was accused of something termed, “serious crimes.” Of course, in Iran, serious crimes can constitute anything from mumbling negative comments about Ahmadinejad to being a Christian or Bahai. On Friday, Ms. Bahrami was hung by her neck until dead despite comments to the Dutch government by Iranian Ambassador Abadi that she still had legal routes to utilize.
The Netherlands has frozen relations with Iran. They are waning anyone who shares joint Dutch-Iranian citizenship to stay out of that country. This is what we term, “serious advice.”