The British seem to have got themselves into a bit of a tizz over fifteen of their service people that got caught by the Iranians in, so the Iranians say, Iranian waters. The headline in the UK ‘Telegraph’ was a gem. It said: ‘Blair: Iran must free naval prisoners in days’. The report went on: “Tony Blair warned Iran last night that it has only a few days to find a diplomatic solution to the escalating crisis over the 15 missing British sailors and Marines.” However, the article didn’t say what was going to happen in a few days time if they weren’t released.
The British are insisting that their people did not stray into Iranian waters while, of course, the Iranians are equally insistent that they did and that is the reason why they were arrested.
It’s difficult to imagine why the Iranians would arrest them unless they were inside Iranian waters. To do otherwise would mean that the Iranians deliberately went into Iraqi waters and then, just as deliberately, kidnapped the sailors and marines. There is absolutely no reason for the Iranians to do that. The last thing the Iranians want at the moment is to be upsetting the allies that are gunning for them anyway over Irans so-called nuclear ambitions. As for who’s lying… well, who was it that lied before when he wanted to start a war??!!
And, to top it off, Blair’s hypocrisy is also demonstrated here because, while he jumps up and down over the 15 captured sailors and marines, nothing is said about the 300-odd Iranians, mostly diplomats, which have been rounded up and arrested in Iraq by the allies.