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April 8, 2007

Iran TV: Iran Demonstrates "Power and Independence" by Releasing UK Hostages

Topics: Iran

Just in case you have any doubts that the latest hostage taking by Iran is being used to further humiliate the West ...

Broadcast 8 April on Iranian state satellite TV (IRINN) [hat tip - Freedom's Zone and Satellite News (Iran):

John at Freedom's Zone sums it up:

In this English broadcast by newscaster Nima Chitsaz, Iran is effectively saying it can't lose by taking hostages. It can either hold them for ransom or release them and tell the world that this proves Iran is powerful, independent and peaceful!

How much power did Iran need to capture those 15 UK soldiers? They seem to have pulled it off with a fleet of less than 10 speed boats, coupled with careful timing and the element of surprise. This was done in waters that their own expert, Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh, has acknowledged to be territorially undefined, and in a context where similar security inspections of incoming vessels on behalf of the Iraqi government have become routine. Was this peaceful? The Iranians do seem to be independent--independent of all conventions for civilized behavior!

Posted by Richard at April 8, 2007 11:04 PM

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