If the Iranian government were capable of feeling shame, it would be hanging its head at the unjustified 21-month detention of two Americans and the anguish this outrage has caused the men's families.
In July 2009, three Americans were apprehended by Iranian authorities while hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan, in a tourist region near the border with Iran.
Josh Fattal of Elkins Park, and two friends he'd met at the University of California, Berkeley - Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd - were accused of illegal entry and unspecified espionage charges.
The trio were denied due process, a lawyer, and access to their families for months. The little communication that has been allowed has been maddeningly inconsistent and brief.