People are confused on who the bad guys are
"Wow, that AJ stuff reads like real news. Why can't CNN report real news?"
March 24th, 2007 9:17am
No, trying to say that AJ is a manipulative information source. Of course they want to paint Iran as just 'protecting' their waters.
Isnt there some protocol where Iran could have contacted the british forces before actually capturing them? The whole thing seems fishy to me.
March 24th, 2007 9:31am
>Of course they want to paint Iran as just 'protecting' their waters.
They just QUOTED Iranian authorities, something CNN failed to do.
Naturally, taking a quote is anti-American, unpatriotic and should be stopped.
>Isnt there some protocol where Iran could have contacted
>the british forces before actually capturing them?
If there were, it seems likely that the foreign office would have mentioned it by now.
-----"Isnt there some protocol where Iran could have contacted
>the british forces before actually capturing them?"------
It's called firing across the boughs, except the British dingheys didn't seem to have any.
The Gulf is both narrow and shallow. It would have been easy for either side to have strayed into the other's waters.
Iran's just itching for a fight. They are trying to start a war.
Apparently the water at that place is claimed by both countries!
And its bows not boughs. Serves me right for posting from work instead of from home where I have time to check.
The al Jazeera article, which I agree is one of the better articles on this out there, suggests that Iran agreed in a 1975 treaty that the waterway belongs to Iraq.
No map was provided though. Is it this dinky little thing?
AP version of the story, with inadequate map:
"The Iranian boats normally carry bow-mounted machine guns, while the British boarding party carried only sidearms, Aandahl said."
heh. why bring a sidearm to a bow-mounted machine gun fight.
This is Iran making a point. poor bush is going to be driven to a frothing mouth rage by the time they have finished. but he cannot invade Iran. he doesn't have the political muscle to do so.
I almost feel sorry for him. his fantasies are falling apart and there is no one to explain why.
March 24th, 2007 6:43pm
> he doesn't have the political muscle to do so.
nor the military.
the tanks, the bradly fighting vehicles, the helicopters. all worn out.
300-400B to recapitalize. getting worse every day.
>Iran's just itching for a fight. They are trying to start a war.
I think they're trying to prevent one actually, by doing some rather crazy brinkmanship. Appeasement obviously won't work otherwise Iraq would be a relative peaceful country run by Saddam Hussein right now.
I don't think so. Taking soldiers prisoner is how wars get started - that was how Lebanon got their ass kicked.
Lebanon got their ass kicked, but Hezbollah didn't.
Also, kidnapping of soldiers had happened before on several occasions under Sharon, and only in 2006 under Ehud I-don't-want-to-be-seen-as-a-pussy Olmert did a war ensue.