Friday, April 06, 2007

Warm welcome greets freed British crew

AP Photo: Some of the the 15 British service personnel released by Iran, board a military helicopter...
By TARIQ PANJA, Associated Press Writer

ROYAL MARINE BASE CHIVENOR, England - Fifteen Royal Navy crew members freed from Iran enjoyed their first night on English soil Thursday. Amid the relief, champagne and tearful embraces, however, some Britons raised questions about the sailors' conduct and their apparent confessions in captivity.

While much of the country rallied behind the crew's return, others criticized them for offering apologies where none was required — namely for appearing in videos in which they admitted and offered regrets for entering Iranian waters.[1]
While the crew are being criticized for apologizing, Iran is considered to have won this round. Because when suddenly Iran demandes Britain to admit that their crew were in Iranian waters and not in Iraqi waters, even when the crew confessed according to local Iranian media, Blair kept the same attitude, thus Iran calling the british reaction wrong and this will lead for Iran not to free the sailors. A couple of days after, Iran releases the crew, while the crew thanks Iran and apologizes again for being in Iranian waters.

British newspapers' headlines yesterday were not only a rejoice for the crew's coming back home, but questioning whether a deal has been done between Britain and Iran.

Prime Minister Tony Blair has insisted no deal was done to free 15 Royal Navy crew members, as they arrived in the UK after being held in Iran for 13 days.

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British officials also denied that the UK had apologised over the incident.[2]
Finally, whatever said, the fact remains. We cannot rely on what we are being told, apparently we are living in a world of propaganda, and secrecy at the same time, and us the people, follow blindly and think we're smart.

Let's see what they're cooking for us this time. Rumors of US attacks on Iran which were mentioned in a previous post, are also mentioned here [3] (Link provided by a commentator), they also mentioned that at the end of April, US will attack Iran nuclear facilities.

The U.S. is planning to attack Iran’s nuclear reactors and facilities by the end of April.

The Times said that various White House departments have started preparing the speech.·The sources were quoted as saying that U.S. will not resort to a ground attack.
Justification will be presented of course, in case there are attacks, however the main question remainds, would U.S. do such a move, while they're still present in Iraq?

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Several National Guard brigades are expected to be notified soon that they could be sent to Iraq around the first of next year, according to a senior Defense Department official. [4]
[1] AP
[2] BBC
[3] Contre Info
[4] AP

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