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  1. There is not one thing that is “excellent” about this news. Game, set and match Iran. Blair looks like a buffoon, the sailors look like pathetic losers and the UK looks weak. Now Pelosi wants to take credit for having the sailors freed, good for her. I am sure that the Democrats have more respect for Ahmadinejad than they do Bush anyways. Am I living a Bizarro world or has the West just lost its spine in a matter of months? I am sure that McCain and others that were beat in the Hanoi Hilton to make comments against their own country could share a few words with the cowards of Cornwall. Brits your fate is sealed and all of those radical Muslims living next door are ready for another reason to burn London to the ground, maybe next time.

    Comment by cmv1202 — Wednesday, April 4, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  2. The most important elements of this story is that the sailors were safely released sans any bloodshed and without any significant concessions or escalation.

    Would you prefer that we launched military action to prove that we have a “spine”? That is insane, my friend.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, April 4, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

  3. Excuse me did I say war or military action, no, but you cannot tell me that this was an “excellent” resolution to an event that should have had the West willing to make some dramatic choices, i.e. Naval blockades, going to the UN for a resolution that would at least add on to the number that are already pending. Iran has won again and those who think that we can just shrug this episode aside are foolish, the West looks weak and, I hate to say it, Bin Laden was right we are all paper tigers. As far as the sailors go not one shot, eating as though they were in a hotel and saying anything that the Mullahs would like them to say, pathetic.

    Comment by cmv1202 — Wednesday, April 4, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

  4. Excuse me did I say war or military action, no, but you cannot tell me that this was an “excellent” resolution to an event that should have had the West willing to make some dramatic choices, i.e. Naval blockades, going to the UN for a resolution that would at least add on to the number that are already pending. Iran has won again and those who think that we can just shrug this episode aside is foolish, the West looks weak and I hate to say it Bin Laden was right we are all paper tigers. As far as the sailors go not one shot, eating as though they were in a hotel and saying anything that the Mullahs would like them to say, pathetic.

    Comment by cmv1202 — Wednesday, April 4, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

  5. I would note that I said that the “news” was “excellent”-which the release of the 15 hostages could be construed as nothing but.

    I am not sure what Iran “won” here and, indeed, escalation, including a blockage, might well have worked to the regime’s favor. Instead, what did they get? At this point, very little.

    And as far as the hostages are concerned and their TV appearances, I suppose that under duress you would have shown more spine?

    This is real life, not the movies. If you were held captive in a foreign country with the very real possibility that you might never see you family again if the the situation went badly, I suspect you would have been willing to read a statement for the cameras.

    Am I pleased by the whole thing? No. Am I glad that it seemingly has been resolved with very little overall damage to the sailors and to the international system? Yes, yes I am.

    It is unclear to me what you wanted aside from some flexing of muscles that ultimately don’t mean anything and would have possibly made the situation much worse.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, April 4, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

  6. And really-where in the world do you get the notion that being held captive is like being in a hotel? That’s utterly ludicrous.

    Even if you are being held captive in a hotel you are still being held captive.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, April 4, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

  7. Really, how about this?

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007150662,00.html

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23391544-details/Sailors+touch+down+at+Heathrow+-+with+their+goody+bags/article.do

    You thought process is borderline NYT mixed with a sprinkle of European arrogance. You are completely wrong on this issue. I have talked to a number of friends that are serving and have served in the military and they are so outraged in regards the speed of the 15 cowards folding that they would love to know what training these guys and girls go though in regards to capture and detainment procedures. Name rank serial number, I guess is not part of it. This is the best part yet:

    Among the gifts given to the captives in Iran were handicrafts, books, pistachio nuts, a Persian sweet called “gaz” and a vase.

    Nice.

    Comment by cmv1202 — Thursday, April 5, 2007 @ 11:09 am

  8. And don’t forget the Geneva Convention that you touted during the Gitmo and detainee discussions of the past. Free pass fot Iran from the world community on that one too. This is a great artice that you should read.

    http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZjE5YTU5NDE3M2M1ZGRiNWM4YTQ3MWUzMjQ4MDAwYWE=

    Comment by cmv1202 — Thursday, April 5, 2007 @ 11:17 am

  9. Chris,

    When did I defend the actions of the Iranians?

    Here’s what I said: it was “excellent news” that the sailors and marines were released. Which, it was.

    You, in turn, erupted in a diatribe about it not being excellent news (I guess you wanted them to stay in captivity? I assume not, but still)and that the West no longer had a “spine”.

    Further, you keep referring to the hostages as cowards and talking about their hotel conditions and the nuts they were eating.

    Yes, the Iranians should never have seized these persons and they should not have held them for 12 minutes, let alone 12 days. And yes, the Iranians violated the Geneva Conventions by parading them before the cameras.

    However, I never have justified anything that the Iranians did.

    I have said that I am glad that the hostages have been freed and that I understand why they behaved as they did in captivity (where you called them “cowards”).

    Indeed, by raising the Geneva Convention you seem to be changing the subject.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, April 5, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

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