[eDebate] iran seizes "coalition" ship
Tue Jun 22 06:40:49 CDT 2004
we are looking at a mexican standoff here. the iranians know the administration's
intention to overthrow khomeini. they will not be duped by phony neogotiations
leading up to the war based on native american and iraqi government experiences.
some may ask why iran is flexing muscle at superior coalition forces, well, because the
US is losing the iraq war which means that things are quite going as planned,
unfortunately. weaknesses in the high-technology coalition forces have been saliently
exposed to the that the current administration appears not to have plan for iraq. i
doubt that. karl rove was a dabaiter and knew you always have to have a plan, secret or
not. so anyway, iran knows from its involvment in the old arms for hostages deals that
american elections hardly depend on public opinion. it's all about planning the right
boost in numbers peaking at the finish line. some might think that it's better to take
your hits early and work through the criticisms levied minimizinig their damage so that
in the end they don't outweigh the new, surprise boost that carries the day.
back to the topic, iran has taken enemy property that had penetrated its waters. iran's
denials of the military buildup on the iraqi border probably deriving from a windfall of
chalabhi intelligence on the neocons indicating their plan not to pull out of iraq but to
invade iran should be taken w a grain of salt. why confess when your benefiting from
penetration of the new american intelligence vanguard? w the other teams plans stolen
and laying in your hands, dallas perkins well knows, it's much easier to anticipate and
thereby block their plan. is that really what iran is up to, here? jabbing w the coalition
knowing w has his hands tied behind his back and can't really retaliate while w takes his
foreign policy hits? the clerics have scored again against the washington lakers taking
coalition maps and other military papers.
FIPQBRLQCRBAEKSFEY?type=worldNews&storyID=5Iran Seizes Three British
Vessels, 8 Crewmen
By Amir Paivar
TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iran seized three British naval boats Monday, which it said had
entered its waters near the Iraqi border, and arrested eight British crew.
Britain reported it had "lost contact" with military personnel in the narrow Shatt al-
Arab waterway between Iran and Iraq and later said they were being held by Iran.
"We can confirm that eight Royal Navy personnel from the Royal Navy training team
based in southern Iraq have been detained by the Iranian authorities while delivering
a boat from Umm Qsar to Basra," Britain's Ministry of Defense said.
A Defense Ministry spokesman said Britons were in the area helping to train Iraqi
While Tehran was deeply opposed to the U.S.-led war and occupation of Iraq, there
has been little direct conflict up to now between the Shi'ite Muslim state and foreign
forces along its western border.
The incident is likely to place further strain on Tehran's ties with London, which last
week joined other European nations in condemning Iran for being less than fully
cooperative with inspectors from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog.
"This morning three British vessels with eight crew entered the Islamic Republic of
Iran's waters and Iran's naval forces, acting on their legal duty, confiscated the vessels
and arrested the crew," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in a
"The crew are under investigation in order to clarify the issue," he added.
OIL MARKET JITTERS
Iran's state television said maps and weapons carried on the British vessels were
confiscated. A British Defense Ministry statement said the boats were carrying only
the sailors' personal weapons.
Tehran gave no indication of when or whether the British ships and crew might be
The incident involving OPEC's second largest producer added to jitters on world oil
markets, already unnerved by Islamic militant attacks on foreigners in Saudi Arabia
and pipeline attacks in Iraq. Prices of gold, seen as a safe haven in times of instability,
rose slightly on the news.
A British diplomat in Tehran said the British government was in close contact with
Iranian authorities in Tehran and London.
Revolutionary Guards spokesman Massoud Jazaeri told Reuters Iran was determined
to defend its territorial integrity.
"Anyone from any nationality entering our waters will face the same response," Jazaeri
Iran's Revolutionary Guards, a branch of the armed forces charged with defending
Iran's Islamic revolution, earlier this month seized some eight fishing vessels from the
United Arab Emirates in a tit-for-tat measure after the Emirates took an Iranian boat
that had strayed into its waters.
- Additional reporting by Parinoosh Arami in Tehran and Kate Kelland and Peter Graff
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