"They're both kind of naive, always have been in my view. I don't really know why they went there," he added. "I assume it was more of the same, getting to know the local people, if they could find an NGO or someone they could work with in a little way."
Sounds like typical progressive idiocy to me. Let’s see if we can find any other indicators from their life in the west that might offer some clues to their motives. Here’s a photo of what they looked like when they went off on this ‘adventure’:
And here is what they look like now:
We hear a lot about progressives projecting their hate, but they actually project all kinds of emotions. I don’t think these people were evil, just stupid. They imagined that “we’re all the same deep down” and thought they could project those feelings onto savages, and then stroll unarmed and unprotected, through an area of the world where even the US Marines are a little reluctant to go without air support.
One would hope they’d learn something from this experience of being “defiled by reality”. They could then make a nice living going around to universities explaining to other progressives how their ridiculous ideas have no bearing on real life.
But I doubt they’ve really learned anything. Like most progressives, they simply aren’t the learning type. It didn’t require a great deal of intellectual muscle to avoid a trip to Afghanistan in 2012, yet they went there all the same. Someone who thought an idea like that was a good one, is unlikely to be taught by anything else - even the woman being “defiled in front of her children”.