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Tuesday, March 27th 2007

Tony Blair Grabs His Cajones

Just rhethoric. Typical banter between diplomatic parties at an impasse but still good to hear Blair finally sack up and put Iran to a little bit of challenge over the 15 British Marines & Sailors the Iranians kidnapped.

Efforts to secure the release of 15 Royal Navy personnel held by Iran will enter a “different phase” if diplomatic moves fail, Tony Blair has said.

“These people have to be released,” the prime minister told GMTV.

“What we are trying to do at the moment is to pursue this through the diplomatic channels and make the Iranian government understand these people have to be released and that there is absolutely no justification whatever for holding them.

“I hope we manage to get them to realise they have to release them. If not, then this will move into a different phase.”

The British backtracked and tried to clarify “different phase,” I say they should’ve just let the Iranians sweat it. How serious could the Iranian response get if say both the Invincible class carriers of the Royal Navy started streaming towards the Persian Gulf without an explanation? What’re they going to try, convict, and execute the British marines? The Iranian leaders would never make it out of that with their authority and power intact.

I’m talking out of my ass about escalation but for some reason this act by Iran just really peeves me. It really upsets me. They need to be slapped. Seizing these Marines is not acceptable.