Sunday 25 March 2007

Iranian act of war update

Via BNP and Me, I read that Iran is planning to put the 15 British sailors that it has kidnapped on trial:
Referring to them as “insurgents”, the site concluded: “If it is proven that they deliberately entered Iranian territory, they will be charged with espionage. If that is proven, they can expect a very serious penalty since according to Iranian law, espionage is one of the most serious offences.”

The warning followed claims by Iranian officials that the British navy personnel had been taken to Tehran, the capital, to explain their “aggressive action” in entering Iranian waters. British officials insist the servicemen were in Iraqi waters when they were held.

The penalty for espionage in Iran is death. However, similar accusations of spying were made when eight British servicemen were detained in the same area in 2004. They were paraded blindfolded on television but did not appear in court and were freed after three nights in detention.


Lord Triesman, the Foreign Office minister, met the Iranian ambassador in London yesterday to demand that consular staff be allowed access to the Britons, one of whom is a woman. His intervention came as a senior Iranian general alleged that the Britons had confessed under interrogation to “aggression into Iran’s waters”.

Intelligence sources said any advance order for the arrests was likely to have come from Major-General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards.

Subhi Sadek, the Guards’ weekly newspaper, warned last weekend that the force had “the ability to capture a bunch of blue-eyed blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks”.

It is unclear where the British sailors are being held, or how they are being treated. Harry's Place points out that, if the sailors did, as the Iranians claim, confess to "aggression in Iran's waters", then that confession was most likely obtained by something akin to torture. Certainly whatever conditions they are in are likely to be deeply unpleasant.

Meanwhile, as something of an insight into the mindset of the Iranian regime, Jihad Watch reports that a state run website is reporting the imminent return of the Mahdi, the Shiite messiah to Earth. Apparently the Mahdi will return and, aided by Jesus as Corporal Jones to his Captain Mainwaring, will rid the world of evil and oppression (for which read America, Britain, and the Jews). Is the belief of Ahmadinejad and his advisers that their final victory is imminent a factor in their decision to commit an act of war against Britain?

Because that is what this is. Iran has long been waging war against the west secretly, supporting terrorist groups and attempting to develop nuclear weapons. Now it has seized British servicement, possibly tortured them, and threatened to execute them. This cannot be tolerated, and we must be prepared to use force to stop it.


youdontknowme said...

I think it might actually be time to invade them.

ba ba said...

I find myself pining in my heart for the days of empire. We'd have sailed HMS dreadnought next to Irans dusty shores and flattened a few villages.

Life was simple back then. Nikola on my blog made the point that if we were Iran we would probably do the same, which is true (wouldn't you like to get hold of the foreign fishermen raping our fishing waters until their governments paid us for the privilege?)

Bottom line is, we do not have an expeditionary force that could take on iran, and we shouldn't kid ourselves otherwise. Being bellicose is for the strong, as is freedom. If any time was for action, it was when the sailors were taken in the first place. I have no idea what the situation on the ground was but i **assume** HMS Cornwall had standing orders not to fire unless fired upon, which is not the call that should have been made.

For all the nice words about 'peacekeeping', the military is there to control. If we were unable to control the events in the waters - whosever they were - we should have no business being there, and if we could control it, the Iranian ship(s) should be on the ocean floor in two for daring to try.