Skip to comments.Caption this pic (can you say "Stockholm Syndrome?")
Posted on 04/05/2007 5:03:27 AM PDT by redstates4ever
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) meets with a British sailor (L) following his press conference in Tehran. The 15 British sailors who have been held by Iran for nearly two weeks met with British Ambassador Geoffrey Adams for the first time during their detention, the British foreign ministry said on Wednesday"
They cropped out the guys who weren’t waving.
Reminds me of old pics of occupied France during WW2.
All the rather childish cavorting before the Al Jezeera cameras yesterday...giving noogies, etc...made me wonder about the caliber of Brit military personnel. I don’t recall Americans acting like trained seals for the benefit of our enemies’ propaganda when they were released from a far-longer captivity of 444 days during the Carter disaster.
Those are soldiers? What a sorry-looking bunch of wimpy wusses!
I can’t help but wonder if some of these sailors might become suicidal over the embarrassment. After arriving at home and having time to think about how they behaved.
"Bye, and thanks for taking us to shop at your Goodwill Store."
My thought exactly.
Soldiers? Nah...they're just sailors!
Kidding! I greatly respect and admire the men and women in the Navy.
If you look at the hands and the expressions on some of them, the hands seem to say “yah, whatever. just get me outta here”.
I think it’s very cruel of us, sitting in our homes with our families, to judge them. Very cruel.
OTOH, it’s looking more and more like Cheri wears the pants in the Blair family...but then I know nothing of diplomacy, other than the “get a gun and get em back” variety.
“Soldiers? Nah...they’re just sailors!”
Sailors? Nah...they’re just tourists!
Well, if you knew your government didn't have your back, how would you behave?
If I were them, I'd be looking to emigrate to Australia.
They turned a group of British servicemen into Borat.
Man, I’m glad our soldiers and marines have more testosterone.
This may support the theory that all of the fighting genes have been killed out in the UK.
How about 10 years in the Hanoi Hilton?
I love the three guys on the right. The third man, from the right, reminds me of Daniel Craig as James Bond.
“OK, play nice for these freaks, then we come back with the nukes.”
Are the three on the right the Marines? It would make sense. If I was one of those three I would’ve snapped early into it. I can’t believe the female was the ranking person of the group. 1 woman in a group of 15? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what tactics the Iranians probably used to break her and her comrades. The three men on the right look like they probably got the memo that this wasn’t a game. All I know is....there should be a complete investigation into their behavior and actions as hostages. They couldnt stop the Iranians from taking pictures and video of them but I can guarantee that they should in no way have capitulated to their captors. You wouldve had to break my fingers and hands before I wouldve written any letter. They wouldve also had to kill me before I wouldve made any verbal statement. I dont give a rats a$$ why they did those things all I know is if they were true patriots and sailors/soldiers they would be coming home with injuries and even in a body bag. Those Iranian bastards would have to shoot me from the get go because I would be a rabid dog if they captured me. All I remember from the Marines is Name Rank and SS#. You dont say anything else and you dont break....even if your “gov’t” isn’t behind you. You should still have personal courage and moral grounds to fight back.
You have it exactly right.
Come on, it must have been rough for them. Rumor is they had only black and white television, and being denied corkscrews they were forced to survive on food and water.
Have a heart, anyone would have turned.
“This may support the theory that all of the fighting genes have been killed out in the UK.”
LOL, but look at the US. We are a divided country down to 50% that would fight for anything. Do you think the children of American leftists would fight? And if they would, would our professional military want a draft that included those wussies?
I don’t want to judge the Brit sailors and marines too harshly, they never should have been in a position to not defend themselves. However, I do think the confessions were a little to comprehensive and speedily given and with just a little to much glee.
I say this in a constructive way, because the Brit military probably needs to realize they have somewhat of a problem in that regard.
What it all boils down to is, why didn’t the British mother ship blast the six iranian boats out of the water? That is what this story should be about!
Were you there for 10 years? If so, I’m sorry and thanks. If not, were soldiers really there for 10 years?? I thought the longest was 5-6 years.
Awww, look at Faye. Isn’t that an adorable picture? It’s like she’s saying, “Tee-hee I’m so adorable. I’m going home and I’m going to get a medal! Tee-hee.”
This picture makes me want to puke up my lower intestine.
“Rum, sodomy, the lash and an occassional fugly for the bi/boys.”
“I think its very cruel of us, sitting in our homes with our families, to judge them. Very cruel.”
They are soldiers. At least give a token effort to resist. That lunatic said, jump and they yelled how high? ROYAL FREAKIN MARINES did this.
I don’t blame the hostages. I blame the government for being candy a$$ wussies who just put huge targets on their backs.
much as I hate to use Wiki as a source, the longest held American prisoner was there 9 years. When he returned to the US, he stayed in the navy until 1980- for the “rest of the story” fans.
This was a comment posted after an article here—
“This is obviously excellent news, and probably the best outcome that could be expected. However, without wishing to condone the Iranian’s behaviour, this does seem to indicate that steps ought to be taken to encourage the Iranian’s to become more tightly integrated into the broader world community and reduce their level of anger against the rest of the world, and the west in particular. While this may be an impossible dream, surely it would do no harm to encourage a closer level of communication between our various societies?
- Andy, Kent, UK”
After the Iranians kidnapped and kept these British soldiers hostage for 14 days, are sending men and weapons to Iraq to kill Coalition Forces, and want to wipe Israel off the map! Encourage a closer level of communication between our various societies??? Unbelievable!
You’ve got be joking. “...come back with the nukes?” Right. The only country who will ever be nuked in the future is the U.S. and probably Britain. I also laugh at the people that want to believe that the hostages were released because of the U.S. battle group present in the Iranian Gulf. That too is freakin hilarious. If the Iranians were afraid of the battle group then why did they take the hostages in the first place? There were plenty of war ships in the area at that time. No there won’t be any retaliation. Only Tony Blair graciously thanking Iran for it’s kindness, and then a cadre of U.S. soldiers will be captured and paraded around and nothing done.
Have you ever faced a line-of-duty life-or-death situation? If not then you do not know how you would behave. You may woof and pose but you can’t know.
Does it occur to you, Master of Sarcasm, that this might actually be a joke? Buy a clue, genius.
No, I do know. Don’t question my willpower or morals. I was in the Marines and now I’m a police Officer. I would fight to the death in the Marines and I’ll do it now as a police officer. I know my training and remember it every day. I’d rather eat a bullet then have pictures of me, rifling through an Iranian goody bag, circulating thru the internet for posterity. Maybe you can sit there and have doubts about your patriotism but I know where I stand. If it would take me getting skinned alive so that my family and friends could stay alive then so be it. I’d rather say a few more things but I don’t want to be kicked off FR.
These are soldiers, not civilians.
Why should any of this be a joking matter? So maybe there should be jokes about the soldiers in Iraq dying by Iranian hands while this dog & pony show is going on?
A LOT of questions remain unanswered...why didn’t the Mother Ship fire on the Iranian boat and where the heck was this ship? Why didn’t the British captain and the driver of the boat know their locations?
Note that I asked if you ever had. I did not assume that you had not. This forum is full of tough guys who never left the driveway.
Semper Fi. Every single bit of this is revolting and disgusting. I too am a former Marine and am shocked. Just LOOK at those photos. And the point here is NOT “How do you know how you would react?” but just that the behavior is shameful and wrong. I can’t say for certain how I would react, but if I acted like these guys it would be shameful and wrong. If you did it, it would be shameful and wrong, if your critics did it it would be shameful and wrong, and when these Brits did it it was shameful and wrong. Again, maybe I would have done the same, (sure like to believe I wouldn’t), but if I did do it, I’d spend the rest of my life hiding my face.
Oh, so now you’re serious? The joke is the picture, that is the whole point of this string. It is not about soldiers dying in Iraq. There are many, many other venues here for serious commentary, but you really need something besides your own word to back your views. Ridicule and insults won’t do it.
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