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April 8, 2007

Iran TV: Iran Demonstrates "Power and Independence" by Releasing UK Hostages

Broadcast 8 April on Iranian state satellite TV (IRINN)

In this English broadcast by newscaster Nima Chitsaz, Iran is effectively saying it can't lose by taking hostages. It can either hold them for ransom or release them and tell the world that this proves Iran is powerful, independent and peaceful!

How much power did Iran need to capture those 15 UK soldiers? They seem to have pulled it off with a fleet of less than 10 speed boats, coupled with careful timing and the element of surprise. This was done in waters that their own expert, Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh, has acknowledged to be territorially undefined, and in a context where similar security inspections of incoming vessels on behalf of the Iraqi government have become routine. Was this peaceful? The Iranians do seem to be independent--independent of all conventions for civilized behavior!

Crossposted to Satellite News (Iran)



Posted by John at April 8, 2007 8:22 AM





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