In case there was any doubt as to Iran's intentions. They are not releasing the female hostage (shocka!) and staging "murder the British hostage" riots. Someone ought to tell England that ignoring a declaration of war doesn't make it go away, it is a sing of forfeiture.
Oh an she didn't didn't write the confession letter but you knew that.
But Mr Larijani said on state television today: "It was announced that a woman in the group would be freed, but (this development) was met with an incorrect attitude. Naturally, (the release) will be suspended and it will not take place."
The hostage crisis also took a sinister new turn today as a hate mob in Tehran demanded that the 15 captured British Navy personnel be hanged.
Protesters waved placards demanding "15 British aggressors must be executed" outside the foreign ministry.
Read the whole disgusting thing. Iran knows the West does not have the will to respond. How many days, uh, months, uh years did the American Iranian hostage crisis go on? Four hundred what?
MOTHBALLING THE FLEET hat tip CPO
Blair is threatening to escalate to a “different phase,” but Iran’s leadership knows something that most Americans don’t. Two months ago, Britain’s government announced plans to mothball almost half its naval fleet due to defense-budget cuts. Much of its existing navy is already so degraded; it would take over a year to get into action. According to the British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, senior naval officers say that the cuts “will turn Britain’s once-proud Navy into nothing more than a coastal defense force.”
In fact, the British naval forces have been so neglected; the U.K. probably couldn’t pull off the Falkland Islands mission today. The world’s fifth-largest economy now supports an army that ranks 28th in size.
What are they thinking?
The 9/11 attacks should have been a wake-up call to our allies — but they seem to have had a tranquilizing effect instead. Despite a series of both successful and thwarted attacks since then, Britain, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Germany, and Canada have actually cut their active-duty forces. And the percentage of those countries’ economies spent on defense was reduced over ten percent by 2005. Many are still falling.
Unlike much of Europe, which seems to have lost the will to protect itself and its democratic traditions, many of the new aggressors are increasing military spending dramatically. And many seem willing to sacrifice masses of their own populations if that’s what it takes to force the West into submission.
Let’s be clear. Iran’s kidnappings are part of a plan to see that nothing interferes with its quest for nuclear weapons. If successful, other dictatorships will follow suit. This is not the time for the free world to neglect its own defense.
— Fred Thompson is an actor and former United States senator from Tennessee.
© PAUL HARVEY SHOW, ABC RADIO NETWORKS
Editor’s note: Click here to listen to the original radio commentary this transcript is based on.
Meanwhile Britain takes Iran case to UN. Perhaps the UNSC will craft a really strongly worded letter. Oh how that strikes fear straight into the heart of Islamists.
We know how effective the UN has been in stopping Iran (and North Korea)from acquiring nuclear weapons.