Has it occurred to anyone that Iran is right?
There are all sorts of suggestion that the recent taking of 15 British troops by Iran yesterday is an attempt to rise tensions just before another important UN vote on their nuclear defiance.
Yeeeeeah, but there is also the even simpler explanation that the British were in Iranian waters, and with everyone as terrified of each other and with all the pressure building up there, these stupid macho events can suddenly escalate into people shooting at eachother. Remember the Gulf of Tonkin incident? The USS Turner Joy and the USS Maddox ‘thought’ they were under attack from North Vietnamese naval forces. During a violent electrical storm both captains misread the instruments and believed they were under attack – based on this absurdity, the US President escalated Vietnam to the full on killing machine we fondly remember it to this day as.
This event highlights why it is stupid to build up forces in a region with as much tension out there as this one is now exhibiting, it’s time to admit there isn’t a military solution to this problem and redouble our diplomatic efforts, the Iranian people want peace as much as we do.
Sailors admitted incursion – Iran
Royal Navy personnel seized at gunpoint by Iran in the Gulf have admitted being in the country's waters, an Iranian general has claimed. Gen Ali Reza Afshar told Iranian media the 15 personnel were being interrogated, but were in good health. The Foreign Office could not say where the group was being held. It insists they had not been in Iranian waters. Earlier, minister Lord Triesman met with the Iranian ambassador in London to demand their immediate release.