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Posted on 03/26/2007 7:14:42 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
Axis Of Evil: While 15 members of the British Royal Navy and Marines are held captive by the Islamic Republic of Iran, Europe plays it soft, providing yet another disheartening lesson in how not to react to terrorism.
The Brits were kidnapped Friday by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Navy, a seagoing force that has little respect for maritime law and tends to be more savage than Iran's regular navy. The sailors and marines had just completed a routine inspection of a merchant ship in the Persian Gulf when Iranian gunboats surrounded them in Iraqi waters.
Public reaction in Britain has been lukewarm.
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Blair sounded like a nuetered mannequin today. Where are todays George Washingtons??
Today's politicians are metropols.
That's scary. How much longer until the Brits are paying tribute?
The reason that Britain isn't aggressively pursuing this yet is that it is not clear whose waters they were in.
"The seizure of the British vessels, a pair of rigid inflatable boats known as RIBs, took place in long-disputed waters just outside of the mouth of the Shatt Al-Arab waterway that divides Iraq from Iran. A 1975 treaty recognized the middle of the waterway as the border. Saddam Hussein canceled the treaty five years later and invaded Iran, triggering an eight-year war. Iran disputes Iraq's jurisdiction over the waters near the mouth of the Shatt Al-Arab."
While this may provide the pretext needed to go into Iran, Britain probably wants to wait and see how the US will back them. Without congressional approval Bush may be reluctant to help.
Times sure have changed since the War of Jenkins Ear. And for the record, who cares what Iran's position is?
Way, hay, tow them away,
the persian boat pirates are we...
No one should care what Iran's position is, but I'll bet you people inexplicably will if there is some obscure point of contention to wrangle over.
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