Now that Kayla Mueller has been officially sanctified, we can turn our bleeding hearts to a crazed Canadian muslim convert and his American wife in Afghanistan, who have been held in captivity by the Taliban for several years. They went hiking in 2012 in a zone some 40 km from Kabul known to be a Taliban stronghold. And guess what? The Taliban picked them up.

The Canadian’s name is Joshua Boyle and he has had an obsession with terrorism and Islam for years now, according to a very unflattering profile by a Canadian website owned by Global News. His marriage to Caitlan Coleman is not his first. He was previously married to Omar Khadr’s sister. Yes, the Omar Khadr detained as an enemy combatant in Afghanistan in 2002 and held at Guantanamo Bay until his release a few years ago. Omar Khadr is now in a jail in Alberta.

Boyle separated from Omar’s sister a few years ago, hooked up with Caitlan (he apparently met both online) and decided a walk in the hills of Afghanistan would be like, cool. What the hell was he and his poor duped wife up to? Was he looking to work with an NGO as seems to be the official rumor circulating? Was he going to spread his arms out over the bare brown hills and proclaim himself the sacred bridge between the Taliban and Christianity and the whole fricking West while he’s at it? Was he going to dig wells for the villagers?

We now have two babies born in captivity and a literal sword hanging over their heads. They willfully walked into this nightmare. And it is more than likely that Joshua Boyle had delusional aspirations of some sort. So now he, his wife, and perhaps their two infant children are bargaining chips to be used by the Taliban against the Afghan government.

Kayla Mueller went to Aleppo, a city in Syria just to be clear, after having worked with refugees in Turkey. Accompanied by her Medicines sans Frontiers boyfriend. The official story is they were kidnapped by ISIS. Kidnapped? What they did was like walking with a large target on one’s back into the woods in the middle of hunting season. Or maybe antlers taped to your head. Again, delusional stubbornness in the face of clear and present danger. There is no other way to describe what both couples did. Regardless of how brave they may be, or have been.

Their need to confront danger – or far worse, their egotistical belief that they were different and not subject to the same risks – has caused great, great pain to their families and supporters, who will never put it that way for obvious reasons. They have also caused diplomatic and military and intelligence problems for their homelands.

But they will be remembered – or welcomed if Boyle and Coleman and their infants manage to get of Afghanistan alive – as heroes and peacemakers. Perhaps Kayla will become a martyr, but of the soggy, feel-good activist sort. We will hear platitudes about how we cannot give in to fear from the mouths of those who would never risk their own lives in such foolhardy ways. But maybe Kayla, who seemed to have a very powerful will, wanted unconsciously perhaps to be something more like the early Christian martyrs, who faced similar horrors in the first years of Christianity.

It did not have to be this way. Kayla chose not to stay in Turkey. Boyle and Coleman chose to hike straight into Taliban territory. Giving ISIS and the Taliban irresistible targets. Their paths are not a wise one to follow. No matter how we try to justify their madness. No matter how horrified we all are at their fate.

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