These British sailors are obviously together and clean. They don’t look as if they have been sleep deprived and don’t have any marks on them as if they had been tortured. They have all signed statements that they were in Iranian waters.
If the Brits were in Iraqi waters it doesn’t really matter if they admit to straying into Iranian waters. If they were in Iranian waters that’s no big deal either. Both lines on the boundary are man made and really matter very little in the broad scope of human events. These lines on a map are merely lines; they are not important enough to warrant thousands of dead on both sides. When all is said and done on this issue, it will be regulated to the dust bin of history. Not important enough to have been included in any textbook about the Middle East.
Going to war over these man-made lines however will make and break not only families and bring us the death of many innocent civilians and soldiers on both sides, but this disagreement if it provokes a war will make or break many careers and be used as political fodder for years to come. The choice is in Iran’s hands and in British hands. What I would worry about however ids the specter of the United States over the shoulders of both nations. A United States that is just itching for a pretext to invade or otherwise attack Iran. Britain knows this, that is why they haven’t just admitted that there could have been a mistake made, get their sailors back and move on from here. With the US stirring the pot however, it’s not that easy. Great Britain doesn’t want to appear as an “appeaser” and therefore won’t budge in negotiations. This is especially easy with the naked power of the US Aircraft Carrier Fleets off the coast of Iran.
This is a situation that Iran should try to walk away from. Israel is chomping at the bit to destroy their Uranium Enrichment facilities, and the United States is eager to put the war in Iraq on a back burner, and military action with Iran would do just that. Iran has nothing to prove by following this hard-line stance. They seem to be falling into the NeoCon game plan in the mid-east of allowing a wider war that will pit the US against another Middle-eastern country. This could be the fore-runner of huge military bases and a never-ending war in that part of the world.