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March 27, 2007

Tehran's Hostage Gambit A Result Of Appeasement

Topics: Iran

John* at Freedom's Zone has a post up today on an article by Amir Taheri, who reminds us that border incidents are common in the Shatt al-Arab waterway, but they rarely lead to any action being taken by either Iraq or Iran when a vessel crosses what is a disputed territorial marker. Taheri and many others believe this event was deliberately orchestrated by Tehran to give it leverage to solve other problems. As Taheri puts it, "when in doubt, take hostages." He notes that Iran has been involved in the taking of at least 1,000 hostages since the founding of the Islamic Republic. Read the article here.

Michael A. Ledeen
seems to agree with Taheri on Iran's propensity to take hostages, and suggests that the deep thinkers now torturing themselves for an explanation of the Iranian seizure of 15 British hostages should reread the ancient wisdom contained in the fable of the scorpion and the crocodile. Essentially, the mullahs ordered the hostages taken because that is what they do. The Iranians have two basic reasons to take hostages. One is to break our will and drive us out of the region; the other is to trade their prey for their comrades now in our grip, of whom there is a significant number. As to the why now, it'secause now is when they succeeded in doing it; they've been trying all along. (Read more here)

Meanwhile, Tony Blair is warning of a "different phase" if diplomatic efforts fail to secure the release of the British sailors and marines. With Blair's statement in mind, one can't help but wonder if the Wests' policies of appeasement have put us in a position such that war is more likely? See "Appeasement Policy: Recipe for War With Iran."

*John also posts at Satellite News (Iran)

Posted by Richard at March 27, 2007 10:06 AM

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