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Thursday, April 5 

Well Wasn't That Big Of Them

The 15 British sailors have been released.
Iran announced Wednesday that it would release 15 British sailors and marines it had seized at sea nearly two weeks ago, resolving a diplomatic impasse with what Iran’s president called a “gift” to the British people.

The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared that although Iran had every right to try the Britons on charges of trespassing in Iranian territorial waters, it would forgive and release them.
So let's recap, shall we? Iranian troops took British sailors hostage against their will, paraded them around on television for a few days, threatened to try them, which I'm sure would have led to convictions and threatened executions, then decided to be magnanimous and release them "as a gift".

This is, imho, complete and utter bullshit. The waterways where the sailors were taken is recognized by Iraq, Britain and the U.S. as Iraqi territory. Iran disputes this, claiming it as their own. At the most, this area can be called "disputed", if by disputed you mean the same way I can claim that my neighbors yard is really mine. Iran went after British sailors who posed no threat to them, and took them hostage. Some are trying to paint this as a retaliatory act against the U.S., but nothing about this is equivalent to the Iranians we are holding in Iraq.

The Iranians in Iraq were captured in a war zone, aiding and abetting our enemy. You know, much like Pelosi just did in Syria. But I digress. The Iranians were in Iraq giving money and munitions to the "insurgents" who are actively fighting coalition troops. This qualifies as an act of war, and we have every right to hold them. The sailors were committing no such act against Iran, but were taken hostage none the less.

Iran, in case you didn't realize this, has won in this situation. There was no U.N. condemnation, the Brits turned into a bunch of pansies, using "harsh words" with Iran, and W. basically stood behind Blair going, "Yeah, that goes for us, too."

There should have been hellfire raining from the sky. When a madman like Ahmadinejad takes your troops, there is but one correct resolution, and that is to see a large number of his people die. What Blair should have done was something like this:
  • Every day you hold our sailors, one of your ships will be sunk

  • Every day you hold one of our sailors, we level one of your towns

  • For every one of our sailors who dies, you lose a town. Period.
The international community would have lost. its. mind. They would howl and rage against the threats, but when ships were sinking and towns were burning, Iran would have thought twice about ever fucking with the Brits again. As it is, they now know they can do pretty much whatever they want with no recourse.

Welcome to the new world, where terror is met with talking. Guess who loses that war?

Updated so I can include this quote.
"On the occasion of the birthday of the great prophet (Muhammad) ... and for the occasion of the passing of Christ, I say the Islamic Republic government and the Iranian people — with all powers and legal right to put the soldiers on trial — forgave those 15," he said, referring to the Muslim prophet's birthday on March 30 and the Easter season.

"This pardon is a gift to the British people," he said.

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