Apparently the Iranians have seized three small British patrol boats and their crews.
Although I’m not really up on the details, hasn’t Britain been a lot softer toward Iran than the US has? Generally speaking? I recall reading some thoughts a month or two ago that there was tension between the British and Americans over Iran policy, and that those tensions were a potential trouble spot down the road.
This isn’t going to help the Iranians, whatever the case.
Or, as Bill Hobbs puts it:
How Stupid Are They?
Our enemies seem to think that little “shows of force” like seizing little patrol boats, beheading satellite dish installers, and blowing up reconstruction workers or Iraqi police stations is going to drive us out.
This ain’t your father’s war on terror. This isn’t Beirut in 1983. This isn’t Mogadishu in 1993. This isn’t even Iraq in 2003. June 30th will symbolize the beginning of the next phase in World War 4. The road will be rough, and there will be mistakes.
If we maintain our focus, if we maintain our drive, and if Iraqis take this opportunity and make the most of it, one day people will look back at the summer of 2004 as a major turning point in world history.
Our enemies think that we’re toying around with an idea to pester them. For all the seriousness of kidnappings, roadside bombs, and beheadings, they are mostly playing games with us. Their biggest victory in the past year was the prison abuse issue. We did that, to our shame. They didn’t. They are the ones tiptoeing around. Of course they might be marshalling their strength for something major, but for all their fervor and their righteous indignation they’re don’t really seem to be making effective decisions.
They just don’t seem to understand that we are dead serious about putting them out of business.