Skip to comments.Iran Frees Detained British Sailors
Posted on 04/04/2007 9:58:35 AM PDT by IrishMike
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran on Wednesday freed the 15 detained British sailors and marines in what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called an Easter gift to the British people. Prime Minister Tony Blair said he bore "no ill will" toward the Iranian people. Iranian state television said the 14 men and one woman, who were seized while on patrol in the northern Persian gulf on March 23, would leave Iran on Thursday. An Iranian official in London said they would be handed over to British diplomats in Tehran.
Ahmadinejad's surprise announcement came at a news conference shortly after he pinned a medal on the chest of the Iranian coast guard commander who intercepted the sailors and marines.
"I'm glad that our 15 service personnel have been released and I know their release will come as a relief not just to them but to their families," Blair said outside his No. 10 Downing St. office. "Throughout, we have taken a measured approach, firm but calm, not negotiating but not confronting, either."
Blair added, "To the Iranian people I would simply say this: We bear you no ill will."
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
Misleading headline. As I read it, they are NOT out of the country yet.
Does Blair seriously think that anyone believes the Iranians released the hostage soldiers without some type of ‘bribe’?
Musta been too many U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf...
Something like this was on ScrappleFace. What gives?
I really hope his tone changes after their boots hit British soil...
We can expect hostage taking to increase.
I think next time I want to give someone a gift, I'll steal an item from them first, and then magnanimously give it back.
Appeasement wins again. I am sure Iran will now play by the rules./sarcasm on.
They must have extracted some concessions from the Brits.
I wonder if we will see an anouncement about further withdrawls from Iraq soon.
> Blair added, “To the Iranian people I would simply say this: We bear you no ill will.”
The mics didn’t hear the softly muttered end “... your goverment is another matter.”
I wonder what it cost.....
Ok peeps, here’s what gives.
Pelosi went to Syria. Coincidence? The MSM will now report that it was Syria talking with Iran that led to the freeing of the hostages. Diplomacy works and that is why a Democrat should be President and why Bush is a cowboy.
Was Blair surprised that Easter is this Sunday? I’m shocked that the Brits didn’t turn down the offer because the word Easter might be offensive to Muslims and all the Pagans that now seem to be the majority religions in England.
Well, now that they’ve foiled Bush’s evil plan to start a war “next month,” I wonder what Rosie will say.
From the time they surrendered without a fight to the present where they happily swap smalltalk with America’s enemy Amanutjob in Tehran they have proven to be nothing but a embarresment.
You have to wonder if the British navy is more of a liabilty in the gulf than an asset, given they are happy to surrender at the first sign of an Iranian rubber boat.
Notice how Nutjob calls not imprisoning these sailors a “gift” to Great Britain. The tyrannical Iranian attitude is that we in the West can have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happinesss only if Iran decides to “give” that to us. This is the same position they’re taking on nuclear weapons. They think Iran should have a huge nuclear arsenal and then decide on any given day whether Americans, Israelis, and Britons are allowed to live another day. This kidnapping was a big mistake by Iran and it just showed the world how the Iranin regime has no regard for the human rights and security of other nations or its own people.
Blair is talking to the Iranian people and not to the tyrannical Iranian mullacracy.
Do they mean “British HOSTAGES” ? Thank God Pelosi got them out of there....good to see the legislative branch dictating our foreign policy. Chalk one up for all the lawyers and judges who have our constitution in their sites!
I like the fact that British FEMALE hostage is adhering to muslim law....look out amerika, here they come!
Yes, the timing of their release just after Pelosi’s trip was an attempt to strengthen the political Left in the West, but it won’t have a significant political impact.
And as an Easter present to the people of Iran, let’s blow that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s head off right then pin a medal on the rifleman......
Good for the Brits. They were very lucky. This will give the “Gushing Heads” BS fodder for at least a week.
Eleven in the picture; four hands in the air.
Five of them said to hell with the Iranians pointing the guns at them and saying “smile or else”.
Of course the left is saying wonderful things about how well they were treated as is obvious by the smiling cheers in this picture.
I would bet four careers are DOA in Britain; those that were just too quick to cooperate with Iranian interrogators.
Count on the Dems/Pelosi to take credit.
It’s already begun. The media has begun spinning Syria’s role in the release already. Ahmadinejad and Assad coordinated this whole production with the Democrats. And it’s going to work to perfection.
I wonder what was said that we or the rest of the world will never hear?
Don’t forget though, the Russians are on our side on the nuclear weapons issue, and Russians are the world’s greatest chess players. Dubya & Cheney are good chess players too, and Bush is darn good at Texas Hold-em poker.
I figured the Pelosi trip to Syria would be used to diss Bush and Blair and help the Dems. Looks like I was right...
“I think next time I want to give someone a gift, I’ll steal an item from them first, and then magnanimously give it back.”
It’s called an “Income Tax Refund”. ‘Tis the season, apres tout.
Good for the Brits, I hope no one kissed Irans A$$.
Ive really made a point to avoid 2nd guessing the Brits on this but as more and more comes out I think it’s time for them to back off and clear out of the Gulf Region. They are only a liabilty and hinderance now. It’s really too bad. We really need a strong ally but it looks like the UK has fallen into the surrender monkey camp.
Tony Blair announced yesterday that the next 48 hours were critical to the situation.
Bush goes on television yesterday and says Iran must release the hostages.
Iran releases them 12 hours later.
I would say it was an excellent good cop / bad cop play with Blair being the good cop and Bush being the bad cop.
The news on the left is see how easy it is to negotiate with Iran and Syria; they just want to talk to us. Completely forgotten is that it was an act of war on Britain to TAKE THE HOSTAGES in the FIRST PLACE. Also forgotten is Syria supporting Hezbollah.
Nancy Pelosi says Israel is ready for peace talks with Syria; Israel says “wait a minute; that was not our message to Syria; the message was WHEN Syria stops supporting Hezbollah and Hamas we are ready to talk; not before then.
I guess we don't know. Maybe it was a threat. I hope so.
I think the latter. If it were a bribe Iran would have let everyone know.
Yesterday one of the high ranking Iranian officials who was captured in northern Iraq was mysteriously released. It was a swap. If Iran feared coalition naval forced I doubt they'd have sailed right into the midst of them and kidnapped 15 Royal Marines while they flipped the bird at HMS Cornwall, which sat there looking timidly on. They will fear Coalition forces once we actually let them loose, which unfortunatley we won't do,.... yet.
Isn’t Easter the day that people eat colored, hard-boiled eggs?
“would leave Iran on Thursday”
In light of it being on Wednesday the headline seems a little misleading.
But it will probably happen tommorow.
A victory for dinner jacket aficionados all over the Mideast.
But wouldn't it have been more effective if the woman sailor was dressed in a Persian Princess outfit instead of those homeless rags?
Mahmoud's idea of a gift is stealing the silverware out of your house and giving it back to you.
Nancy Pelosi is about to learn a hard lesson: Syria doesn’t want to negotiate on even terms with Israel or anyone else. Syria wants all the territory it lost to Israel and won’t offer anything but worthless promises to Israel that it will break the momement Israel gives land back to Syria.