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Iran Frees Detained British Sailors
Breitbart/ AP ^ | Apr 4 12:46 PM US/Eastern | NASSER KARIMI

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."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 04/04/2007 9:58:36 AM PDT by IrishMike
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To: IrishMike

Blink.........


2 posted on 04/04/2007 9:59:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (If it's consensus, it's not science. If it's science, there's no need for consensus......)
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To: Red Badger

Misleading headline. As I read it, they are NOT out of the country yet.


3 posted on 04/04/2007 10:00:11 AM PDT by TheConservator (Confutatis maledictis flammis acribus addictis. . . .)
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To: IrishMike

Capitulation.

Does Blair seriously think that anyone believes the Iranians released the hostage soldiers without some type of ‘bribe’?


4 posted on 04/04/2007 10:01:20 AM PDT by Pox (Just say NO to RINO Rudy!)
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To: IrishMike

Musta been too many U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf...


5 posted on 04/04/2007 10:02:16 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: IrishMike

Something like this was on ScrappleFace. What gives?


6 posted on 04/04/2007 10:02:23 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: IrishMike
"Blair added, "To the Iranian people I would simply say this: We bear you no ill will.""

I really hope his tone changes after their boots hit British soil...

7 posted on 04/04/2007 10:02:54 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: IrishMike

We can expect hostage taking to increase.


8 posted on 04/04/2007 10:03:17 AM PDT by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: IrishMike
...in what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called an Easter gift to the British people.

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.

9 posted on 04/04/2007 10:03:32 AM PDT by Egon ("If all your friends were named Cliff, would you jump off them??" - Hugh Neutron)
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To: IrishMike

Appeasement wins again. I am sure Iran will now play by the rules./sarcasm on.


10 posted on 04/04/2007 10:03:42 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: IrishMike

They must have extracted some concessions from the Brits.

I wonder if we will see an anouncement about further withdrawls from Iraq soon.


11 posted on 04/04/2007 10:04:07 AM PDT by Axlrose
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To: IrishMike
Blair added, "To the Iranian people I would simply say this: We bear you no ill will."

But your government is a different story entirely.
12 posted on 04/04/2007 10:04:29 AM PDT by Deo volente
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To: IrishMike

> 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.”


13 posted on 04/04/2007 10:05:07 AM PDT by NoBullZone
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To: IrishMike
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called an Easter gift to the British people.

A glimpse into the mind of a psychopathic megalomaniac - he kidnaps 15 people and when he releases them calls it a "gift."
14 posted on 04/04/2007 10:07:03 AM PDT by etradervic (In 2008, anyone but a Democrat!)
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To: IrishMike

I wonder what it cost.....


15 posted on 04/04/2007 10:07:19 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: NoBullZone

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.

Bets?


16 posted on 04/04/2007 10:07:26 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The Clintons: A Malignant Malfeasance of the Most Morbid)
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To: NoBullZone

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.


17 posted on 04/04/2007 10:07:36 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: IrishMike

Well, now that they’ve foiled Bush’s evil plan to start a war “next month,” I wonder what Rosie will say.


18 posted on 04/04/2007 10:07:49 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("We have always been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France"--Wellington)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

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.


19 posted on 04/04/2007 10:08:00 AM PDT by Axlrose
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To: Red Badger

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.


20 posted on 04/04/2007 10:08:25 AM PDT by Pub Linkser--80 (Seer, sage, soothsayer, and former second-string outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners.)
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To: Pox
Britain's every move encouraged the enemy. Consequently the free world is a more dangerous place than it was two weeks ago. Now the world is praising them, amazing,

21 posted on 04/04/2007 10:08:43 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Abathar

Blair is talking to the Iranian people and not to the tyrannical Iranian mullacracy.


22 posted on 04/04/2007 10:09:45 AM PDT by Pub Linkser--80 (Seer, sage, soothsayer, and former second-string outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners.)
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To: Pub Linkser--80

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!


23 posted on 04/04/2007 10:10:02 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: IrishMike; fanfan; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; ...
Iranians release British sailors ~ BBC, Wednesday, 4 April 2007, 16:37 GMT 17:37 UK

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24 posted on 04/04/2007 10:10:34 AM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: IrishMike
Did the Iranians send the sailors to the tailor's shop first? The lady got ripped off, the guys are all in nicely tailored suits and she's....

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25 posted on 04/04/2007 10:11:22 AM PDT by Sax
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To: GMMAC

I like the fact that British FEMALE hostage is adhering to muslim law....look out amerika, here they come!


26 posted on 04/04/2007 10:11:36 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: IrishMike
The top of the hour news stated that Damascus Syria played a key role in obtaining their release. Beware - Pelosi will find a way to trump Bush again thanks to the MSM.
27 posted on 04/04/2007 10:12:18 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Blue Turtle

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.


28 posted on 04/04/2007 10:13:15 AM PDT by Pub Linkser--80 (Seer, sage, soothsayer, and former second-string outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners.)
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To: IrishMike

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......


29 posted on 04/04/2007 10:13:37 AM PDT by Hi Heels (cleverly disguised as a responsible adult....)
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To: Redbob
Musta been too many U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf...
were is so, I think we released an Iranian we had captured, classic prisoner swap, the west blinked, the Iranians are pretty good chess players, especially while we play checkers.
30 posted on 04/04/2007 10:13:59 AM PDT by SF Republican
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To: IrishMike

Good for the Brits. They were very lucky. This will give the “Gushing Heads” BS fodder for at least a week.


31 posted on 04/04/2007 10:15:46 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: Sax

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.


32 posted on 04/04/2007 10:16:17 AM PDT by WBL 1952
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To: NavyCanDo

Count on the Dems/Pelosi to take credit.


33 posted on 04/04/2007 10:16:20 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (The United States failure to act against Iran will be seen as weakness throughout the Muslim world.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

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.


34 posted on 04/04/2007 10:16:21 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (War, children, it's just a shot away.)
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To: IrishMike

I wonder what was said that we or the rest of the world will never hear?


35 posted on 04/04/2007 10:16:28 AM PDT by John D
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To: SF Republican

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.


36 posted on 04/04/2007 10:16:36 AM PDT by Pub Linkser--80 (Seer, sage, soothsayer, and former second-string outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners.)
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To: IrishMike

I figured the Pelosi trip to Syria would be used to diss Bush and Blair and help the Dems. Looks like I was right...


37 posted on 04/04/2007 10:18:34 AM PDT by veronica
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To: Egon

“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.


38 posted on 04/04/2007 10:18:34 AM PDT by Vicomte13 (Le chien aboie; la caravane passe.)
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To: IrishMike

Good for the Brits, I hope no one kissed Irans A$$.


39 posted on 04/04/2007 10:19:02 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: Axlrose

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.


40 posted on 04/04/2007 10:19:46 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (The United States failure to act against Iran will be seen as weakness throughout the Muslim world.)
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To: DogBarkTree

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.


41 posted on 04/04/2007 10:20:34 AM PDT by WBL 1952
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To: Pox
Does Blair seriously think that anyone believes the Iranians released the hostage soldiers without some type of ‘bribe’?

I guess we don't know. Maybe it was a threat. I hope so.

42 posted on 04/04/2007 10:20:38 AM PDT by outofstyle
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To: outofstyle

I think the latter. If it were a bribe Iran would have let everyone know.


43 posted on 04/04/2007 10:22:37 AM PDT by John D
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To: Redbob
"Musta been too many U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf..."

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.

44 posted on 04/04/2007 10:22:43 AM PDT by peekingfromabox
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To: massgopguy

Isn’t Easter the day that people eat colored, hard-boiled eggs?


45 posted on 04/04/2007 10:22:48 AM PDT by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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To: Red Badger

“would leave Iran on Thursday”

In light of it being on Wednesday the headline seems a little misleading.
But it will probably happen tommorow.


46 posted on 04/04/2007 10:22:54 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: IrishMike
This was a propaganda coup of epic proportions.

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?

47 posted on 04/04/2007 10:22:58 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: IrishMike
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called an Easter gift to the British people.

Mahmoud's idea of a gift is stealing the silverware out of your house and giving it back to you.

48 posted on 04/04/2007 10:23:20 AM PDT by Quick or Dead (Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms - Aristotle)
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To: massgopguy
Rush played clips of Christine Armanpour talking about this gesture for Easter. She then adds, “which you know is a major holiday for Christians...” or something ridiculous, at which Rush screams, “Oh, reallllllly??? We didn’t know, why, thank you Christine...”
49 posted on 04/04/2007 10:24:33 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: WBL 1952

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.


50 posted on 04/04/2007 10:25:00 AM PDT by Pub Linkser--80 (Seer, sage, soothsayer, and former second-string outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners.)
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