23 March 2007

Iran wants to get up on the porch...

And play with the big dogs.

-- BASRA, Iraq -- Iranian forces seized 15 British Royal Navy personnel who had searched a merchant ship on Friday, Britain said, triggering a diplomatic crisis at a time of heightened tensions over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
They got away with this type of stunt once before.

If Iran has miscalculated this time, they may be headed for the geopolitical vet clinic... to be decisively neutered.

Iran backs off UN visit
Iran's president will miss a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Saturday because the US delayed issuing visas, Iranian officials say.
Visas my ass... Ahmadinejad just blinked.

Former Royal Navy Chief Admiral Sir Alan West explains...
So we try to downplay things. Rather then roaring into action and sinking everything in sight we try to step back and that, of course, is why our chaps were effectively able to be captured and taken away.

If we find this is going to be a standard practice we need to think very carefully about what rules of engagement we want and how we operate. One can't allow as a standard practice nations to capture a nation's servicemen. That is clearly wrong.

UPDATE: British reaction
The incident comes at a time of renewed tensions with Iran over its nuclear programme, which Western powers fear could be used to develop a nuclear weapon.

British Army Colonel Justin Maciejewski, who is based in Iraq, said most of the violence against UK forces in Basra is being engineered by Iranian elements.

Col Maciejewski said Iran was providing "sophisticated weaponry" to insurgents and "Iranian agents" were paying local men to attack British troops.
RELATED: Saturday vote on sanctions
The top UK diplomat at the UN has said a new Security Council resolution on Iran has been agreed and is expected to go to a vote on Saturday.

The draft resolution proposes a ban on the export of arms from Iran, a call for governments not to make new loans to Iran, travel restrictions on people involved in Tehran's nuclear programme, and a freeze on the assets of key Iranian leaders.

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Blackstone said...

The incident also comes at a time when the UK just voted to upgrade its strategic nuclear arsenal. Now, if only Tony has the balls, that might mean something.

Neo Conservative said...

"blackstone said... if only Tony has the balls"

the iranians are playing an extremely dangerous game here.

if even one of these brit sailors has a heart attack or suffers any type of accident... blair's hand would be forced.

madman ahmadinejad could wind up having cruise missile salad for brunch.

i'm sure bush is just sitting in the background right now, itching for an iranian misstep. he could end up exiting iraq... through iran.

as for ahmadinejad... he's certifiable.

he's already on record as waiting for the reappearance of the hidden imam and the resultant apocalypse.

it's a "pay me now, or pay me later" situation.