It seems like that little problem with British soldiers being held in Iran has been solved for good now. Both the British and Iranian governments showed that they are capable of behaving like grown ups and don’t need to let things get unnecessarily messy.
What I found a bit worrying about this, though, is that with the track record of the British government regarding ‘facts’ kept me from actually believing that their soldiers didn’t cross any borders (intentionally or unintentionally). If things were good I could be sure that our friends over in the UK don’t fuck with us on that.
Well, the British commodore in charge said publicly (before the spin-doctors got to him) that the event occurred in contested waters, and there’s that former British ambassador who’s been writing on his blog that the Iranians were within their rights, and that the sailors were closer to the Iranian coast than the Iraqi. (Anyone can confirm this with a ruler and a map.)
So the Brits were running military operations in waters claimed by another country, boarding foreign merchant vessels with no cause or due process.
How would the Brits react if Iran started doing that 4 kilometres off Dover? I imagine the Iranians were much more lenient than that goofball Blair would have been.
Received data seems to be invalid. The wanted file does probably not exist or the guys at last.fm changed something.