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Wednesday, March 28th 2007

The Compassionate Islamic Republic of Iran

They’re going to release the single female British sailor taken hostage the other day. Sorry guys. However, she’ll be carrying a letter admitting she violated Iran’s sovereignty and entered their waters. Meanwhile Britain puts the screws to them (kind’ve) by freezing business with them. As the NYT points out you can roll your eyes at that move,

Britain has little direct official bilateral business with Iran beyond sporting and cultural ties and some humanitarian assistance to refugees and earthquake victims, according to an assessment on the Foreign Office website.

While the impact of the prohibition on official business was, therefore, unclear, it seemed to reflect the first formal reprisal by Britain in response to the seizure of its personnel, designed to show, in Mrs. Beckett’s words to parliament, “the seriousness with which we regard these events.”