Right now, there are already 5 known US hostages being held by iran, and another 3 were kidnapped last week. These 3 merely stumbled across the border, and just like NK, who kidnapped many South Korean and Japanese citizens, iran thinks it can use these people as pawns. What is truly hilarious about this is how the leftist media is playing it down, heaven forbid a dictatorship should be shown in a bad light by the NY Times and its awful bretheren in the media... What is also funny is how these 3 liberal explorers - writers for such publications as the Nation - got thrown overboard by their fellow liberals once they got snatched by the iri fascists. There must be a switch in the brains of liberals that turns off if an anti-american dictatorship gets involved, i.e., they get precedent over a few fellow libs who can be "sacrificed" for the "cause." IMO, this is an Act of War, and i cannot wait to see how Obama kneels (prostrates) himself before the iri animals to get them back. Personally, I would threaten to wipe out their oil infrastructure and government buildings if they are not returned by 0800 tomorrow... DEBKAfile - Tehran prepares to declare three detained Americans "Israeli spies"