Would love to know what is going on in the debriefing of the British hostages freed by Iran. What amazed me was how relaxed they all looked in the TV pictures during their captivity and as they met the Iranian president at their release. I am director enough to know that the relaxed atmosphere was not a put up job. It would take professional actors to fake it. So what was going on ?
The situation in Iraq is not clear. Was the Coalition occupation an invasion ? There is no declared state of War, but everyone calls it the War in Iraq. Well…. the Americans call it a war on terror, but when u send troops to kill people uninvited into another state, we call it an invasion and a declaration of war.
I am not condoning the Iranian nuclear ambitions. Nor the taking of the hostages. Not even the Iranian support of militant extremists in Iraq. I am saying that the terms used are confusing.
Was the attempt, partially successful, to kidnap an official Iranian delegation in Iraq an acceptable act in the context of the Coalition invasion of Iraq ? Or was it an act of war on Iran ? Or an acceptable act in context of the Coalition’s war on terror
Is this a War, or are the terms being used just keywords of convenience ?
If the British Marines were indeed spying upon Iranian movements, albeit from Iraqi waters, were the Iranians within their rights to arrest them ? Surely if Iranian gunboats came anywhere near British coastal waters, they would have immediately been arrested and interrogated.
I have no doubt that Iran has ambitions to extend it’s influence over the majority Shia populations in Iraq. All over the world politicians are already gearing up for the break up of Iraq into separate Shia, Sunni and Kurdish nations. I am surprised that Turkey has not panicked yet, given the high population of kurds in Turkey. I don’t think that even the coalition partners are fooling themselves anymore. The invasion is leading to a break up of Iraq. Now every surrounding nation, ethnic group, multinational oil company is already into a feeding frenzy.
Do not be fooled by the soothing words used by President Bush or Prime Minister Blair. They have not a hope in hell of controlling the sectarian violence that has broken out in Iraq. Nor do they desire to unless they can install safely a government of their own choice that will look after their business and military interests. Chaos is much better than loss of their strategic interests.
And the people that will take the brunt of it are of course the civilians. As they have done so for years. Thousand more will be sacrificed for business and strategic interests. After an Iraqi life is of little value when compared with the life of a British or American soldier.
So what’s the beef with Iran over this issue ? Can someone explain this to me ? After all the Coalition went in only for their own self interest.