An American woman and her family, who had been held captive since 2012 by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network after being kidnapped while hiking in Afghanistan, were freed, the White House announced Thursday. Caitlin Coleman, 32, was seven months pregnant when she and her Canadian husband Josh Boyle were abducted. President Trump appeared to hint at the news of Coleman´s release during a speech in Coleman´s home state of Pennsylvania. "Something happened today, where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news," Trump said. "And one of my generals came in. They said, ´You know, I have to tell
Comments: Why would anybody hike in Afghanistan? Just asking
I´m happy they have been released, but REALLY? WHO in their right mind, seven months pregnant, takes off on a Hike in Afghanistan? What kind of man takes his wife on that kind of trip? What kind of woman is stupid enough to go? It really begs the question, WHAT EXACTLY were they trying to prove? There are plenty of Beautiful places in the USA to hike. And, where do these people get the money to just take off on a hike in a foreign country?
My total dismay regarding their choice of high adventure in no way diminishes my compassion for them and disdain for their captors. That said what did they think was going to happen? Did they think they could whip out their Lefty credentials, coexist bumper sticker, green peace and PETA membership cards, hope and change "T" shirts and be treated like royalty?
I don´t like or believe in the Government telling us how to live our lives, etc., but like the case of NK and Otto Warmbier and now this ditzy family - the Government needs to step in before they travel to one of these hell holes and say NO.
Oh, dear, such a rant I feel coming on. Wisdom from people who, when saying goodbye, solicitously advise their friends to "you take care, now." These are the people who keep McDonald´s in business, so as not to step outside their low-level comfort zone. Take care? Whatever happened to applauding initiative, daring, courage, curiosity, adventure, fun? Take care. Go hide under the bed. It´s safer there, a great place for taking care. Why did the couple go to Afghanistan and other exotic places? The article didn´t say. There. Saved you the effort reading it. These people doubtless had reasons important to them for undertaking an adventure, a mission, or a "hike," maybe. The reporter didn´t bother to inquire, apparently. Didn´t define "hike." Maybe it was an afternoon walk up the mountainside? And the Colemans, sadly, neglected to consult more sensible and less curious pundits. They, shockingly, didn´t take care, now. The couple also, shame on them, neglected to stop in at the nearest Walgreen´s for birth control refills during their five-year captivity. Shame. Pretty kids, though! It must have been a frightening experience, but all those people taking care now in Las Vegas had a sadder outcome than the Colemans did in Afghanistan. More people have been killed in Chicago than in Afghanistan in the last decade.Whatever.
Afghanistan has some breathtakingly spectacular scenery. And many lovely, warm, welcoming people, my daughter tells me. Kansas may not have spectacular mountains and valleys, but taking care, now, there under the bed, who´s to know? So just go to Kansas, crawl into a safe place, and take care now.
We do not know what happened while they were in captivity - we do not know who the father(s) of the children are - we only know that a US citizen married to a Canadian citizen was released along with three children. I am sure there is a book deal in their future - where we may or may not hear the truth. And probably it would be best we did not hear the truth for a while because it might endanger others.
To those questioning why they had more children, Caitlin was already pregnant when they embarked on this "adventure". But the article also notes:
FTA "My children have seen their mother defiled. Two young children appear in the video with them, and Coleman has told her family that she gave birth to two children in captivity. It was revealed Thursday that Coleman had a third child."
Caitlin Coleman was raped in front of her children and probably her husband as well. The third child (and maybe the second?) is very possibly a result of that.
An article from The Daily Beast in 2012 notes:
"Coleman and her husband met on the Internet in 2011 and soon married. The couple’s family told the Associated Press that they spent months traveling in Latin America, living among indigenous Guatemalans. Boyle grew his beard out, and some children began calling him Santa Claus.“ They really and truly believed that if people were loved and treated with respect that that would be given back to them in kind,” Linda Boyle, Boyle’s mother, told the AP. “So as odd it as it may seem to us that they were there, they truly believed with all their heart that if they treated people properly, they would be treated properly.”
Caitlin´s husband Josh "had previously been married to the sister of Omar Khadr, a Canadian who’d spent 10 years as a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "
I agree with OP´s question about what they were doing in Afghanistan. A second question would be: How were they able to afford all this world travel? There are holes in this story which make it difficult to have much sympathy for these people.
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