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The sailors that were grabbed by the Iranians should be happy that they weren’t taken by the United States. Instead of signing bogus statements admitting their guilt, they would have been “water boarded” and kept in a room and not allowed to sleep. They would have been told that they were going to be shot. They would have been fed at odd times and had the lights turned off at random and when they did fall asleep they would have been awakened 30 minutes later and told that they had slept for hours. They would not know where they were and would not know what would become of them. That’s the way the Americans’s treat their prisoners of war.

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.

That statement, whether it is true or not, is no reason to keep them away from their families that want them freed. The British government would be wise to just admit that they might have strayed into Iranian waters in order to free these sailors. There comes a moral point where admitting a mistake was made than to feed the flames of a possible war and to subject those British Sailors to more imprisonment. If it will get these people home to their families or at least out of harm’s way, then go ahead and say what you must to protect your people. This is not an issue that is worth anyone dying over, or to start a war over.

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.

This entire scenario seems to have been written by a third rate novelist. If the truth be known, I believe that Karl Rove and all the rest of Bush’s advisors have been reading too many Tom Chancy novels. In this current situation over the British Sailors, let’s hope that Iran uses it’s head and not it’s passion in making a decision on how to proceed.
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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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