Iran grabs yacht crew - accident or power play?

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    Iranian navy detains five Britons on yacht in Gulf

    Why on earth wasn't the boat asked to leave Iranian waters instead of siezed? I'd like to think this will be resolved quickly and that the boat & its crew being detained was a mistake, but be prepared for a claim that the yacht was actually full to the gunnels with high-tech survelliance equipment à la James Bond as part of some scheme to boost Imadinnerjacket's crooked government. :p
     
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    Power play no doubt. Just like the US hikers they have accused of spying. Power Play. Unfortunately these folks may wind up as bargaining chips.
     
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    So Iran holds on to them for a week or so, starts talking about potential investigations, spying, James Bond conspiracies, serious punishment, etc.

    Then releases them. What, is it expecting us to be grateful?

    Talk about shooting yourself in the foot..... :coffee:
     
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    well they prolly needed something like this after all that anti-government demonstration in the summer.
    this is more like a bargaining chip i guess, give me some cookie and i'll release your ppl. what amuses me is, why is it always the British that gets picked on LOL.
     
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    What did Iran get? Nothing as far as I can see, other more international ill-will. More likely that they realised they'd made a very bad mistake and with more sanctions looking possible it was a good idea to stop digging a hole.

    You think it's funny people get kidnapped? Were you in hysterics when those Chinese workers, having been kidnapped, were killed in Sudan a few years ago? That's the serious end of getting grabbed.

    I doubt you'd be happy if someone said they were amused that Chinese are repeatedly picked on in Africa, so be a bit more serious and don't trivialise what can be a very traumatic experience even if everyone gets released unharmed. No county's military is able to dissuade people from siezing their citizens. They only get left alone if they're seen as being worthless.
     
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    Ive never paid too much attention to middle eastern geo politics, but I sometimes wonder whether Iran is beeing unfairly picked on by the Western Powers over a period of time, has made it what its become.
     
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    iran already released those ppl so relax.
    no one is gonna laugh when ppl get kidnapped. i was just referring to the earlier incident involving british naval personnel being kidnapped and having to admit on tv that it was their fault. was a HUGE embarrassment for the British government i recall. so twice ina row its the British that gets picked on. maybe iran should start pickin on someone else for a change.
     
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    Err, yes I know that. It's what I said in an earlier post. :coffee:

    You said it amuses you that Britons have been subject to Iranian grabs in the past and you ended with "LOL". You clearly think it funny, so why are you now trying to deny it? It would be more mature to apologise instead.

    It wasn't a huge embarrassment, it was an outrage. It was obvious they were forced to make those statements. Read what they had to say about their treatment, it was hardly pleasant.

    It was not twice in a row. Other countries had similar problems with the Iranians, such as the Australians - they were after anyone they could get at. It's just coincidence that there were two incidents, over a period of three years I might add, where Iranians detained British service personnel. Either of those times it could have been anyone that the Iranians had gone after.
     
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