WAR IS PEACE,

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY,

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH,

RANSOM IS BAIL.

“Bail” paid for the release of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal from Iranian kidnappers has totaled, depending on which talking head you believe, somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.2 million, to $1.5 million, to 5 billion Iranian rials ($469,417.45).

Three definitions of “bail”, among others, are:

· the security or obligation given for the due appearance of a prisoner in order to obtain his release from imprisonment ;

· the temporary delivery or release of a prisoner upon security for his due appearance;

· one that agrees to assume legal liability for a money forfeit or damages if a prisoner released on bail fails to make his due appearance in court.

So, our three wayfarers will be returning to Iran for trial so their bail can be refunded to ? ? ?

Don’t hold your breath

Of course, the government must insist that we do not negotiate with terrorists, and ransom is never paid, or else every single one of us will be at risk of being kidnapped for ransom.

I don’t pretend to know the answer to this dilemma, but it seems to me that the truth would eventually lead to a better way.

WAR IS PEACE,

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY,

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH,

RANSOM IS BAIL.