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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:55 am    Post subject: UK Sailors Captured At (Iranian) Gunpoint Reply with quote

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6484279.stm

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UK sailors captured at gunpoint

Fifteen British Navy personnel have been captured at gunpoint by Iranian forces, the Ministry of Defence says. The men were seized at 1030 local time when they boarded a boat in the Gulf, off the coast of Iraq, which they suspected was smuggling cars.

The Royal Navy said the men, who were on a routine patrol in Iraqi waters, were understood to be unharmed.

The Foreign Office has demanded the immediate and safe return of the men, who are based on HMS Cornwall.

The frigate's commander, Commodore Nick Lambert, said he was hoping there had been a "simple mistake" over territorial waters.

"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that they [British personnel] were in Iraqi territorial waters. Equally, the Iranians may claim they were in Iranian territorial waters.

"We may well find that this is a simple misunderstanding at the tactical level."

Helicopters had reported seeing two British boats being moved along the Shatt al-Arab waterway to Iranian bases and there had been no evidence of fighting, he added.

He said that despite scant communication, the 15 people were understood to be safe and had reacted in an "extremely professional way, in line with the rules of engagement".

"I look forward to seeing them on their return and congratulating them."

He said naval authorities were doing everything possible to ensure their safe return.

A Royal Navy spokesman at the ship's base in Devonport, Devon, said the families of those captured were not being informed yet, as they were all over Britain, and some may be on holiday.

The Ministry of Defence said: "The group boarding party had completed a successful inspection of a merchant ship when they and their two boats were surrounded and escorted by Iranian vessels into Iranian territorial waters.

"We are urgently pursuing this matter with the Iranian authorities at the highest level.

"The British government is demanding the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment."

The Iranian ambassador in London, Rasoul Movahedian, has met with officials at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, after he was called there by Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett.

There has been no immediate response so far from Iran, where many ministries and official buildings were closed for a public holiday.

Shadow foreign secretary William Hague and Sir Menzies Campbell, leader of the Liberal Democrats, have both backed the call for the group's immediate and safe return.

The incident comes at a time of renewed tensions with Iran over its nuclear programme, which Western powers fear could be used to develop a nuclear weapon.

British Army Colonel Justin Maciejewski, who is based in Iraq, said most of the violence against UK forces in Basra is being engineered by Iranian elements.

Col Maciejewski said Iran was providing "sophisticated weaponry" to insurgents and "Iranian agents" were paying local men to attack British troops.

Iranian officials have in the past denied such claims.

In 2004, Iran detained eight British servicemen for three days after they allegedly strayed over the maritime border.

The UK claimed the men were "forcibly escorted" into Iranian territorial waters.

While they were being held, the men were paraded blindfold and made to apologise on Iranian TV before their release was agreed.

The BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Robbins said the difference this time is that the present Iranian government under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was much more hardline.

"The political climate is worse with Britain among those confronting Iran over its controversial nuclear programme," he added.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(isn't Bush having problems with Congress?)

My real experience is just walking around the aisles of the city supermarket as this story unfolds on the rolling screens there, the female presenter is using the word "gunpoint" at an almost sexual level of concentration.

A classic example of Hocus Locus's meme sniping.
Unfortunately i was unable to contain myself and had to ejaculate back GUNPOINT , of course Drew, I didn't make sense to my fellow shoppers. Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the BBC comments...

http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?sortBy=1&threadID=5882&start=0&tstart=0&edition=1&ttl=20070326012544&#paginator
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe the PTB are trying to gauge (or program) public sentiment by using this to see how people react to it - as a pretext to what I am not sure, but this is no 'accident.'

There is more to it than these comments from the BBC web site suggest (but they are revealing nonetheless):

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48 hours to release our troops, or Natanz and other sites reach 10,000 degrees in 3 seconds.

First Name Last Name

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Iran wants bombs... Lets send them to them...

Lets "decommission" trident over Terhan, and get both issues out of our news.

B, Cambridge

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We should retaliate in the stronest terms. They took Brits instead of Americans as they know we are a soft touch. What was our warship doing it should have blasted the Iranian boats out of the water.

John Norfolk, Mileham, United Kingdom

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i would give iran 36 hours or it will be a declaration of war plain and simple.

john munson, grimsby

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The Iranians have committed an illegal act in caturing our sailors, end of story. We tell them diplomatically and in no uncertain terms, GIVE THEM BACK. If they do not, them we take them back by force.

Jim Robson, East Kilbride

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Added: Saturday, 24 March, 2007, 12:35 GMT 12:35 UK
Initially by diplomacy with no concessions, if this fails militarily even with all that will involve. Anything esle would be a failure to the soldiers, their families and a submission on the part of the British army and people.

Gavin Ligrefot, Manchester, United Kingdom

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I have no doubt that the British were not in Iranian waters. My question is why did the commanders of both the Commodore and Cornwall just sit on their hands while their men were being captured? If the Captains can't make the effort to protect the men under their command perhaps they need to be replaced. Would Lord Nelson have allowed his crew to be treated like that?

William Dailey, Sylvania, OHio

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If Iranian sailors entered British waters, the British would arrest the Iranians. The Iranians would then protest that they had not been in British waters; but the British public would not believe that.

That is exactly what has happened but in reverse.

So what should be done? Nothing. It'll all blow over.

E Taylor, PARIS

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"I think the Iranians should make an example of the captives to deter the british from their future mis-adventures."

This sickens me.

[big_orange_gerbil], London, United Kingdom

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I think that if UK soldiers are in Iranian waters, then the Iranians have a right to question them. After all the accusations that the UK have thrown at Iran over causing death in Iraq, it is hardly surprising that Iran may want to know more and even perhaps make a point to UK.

T Griffiths, Milton Keymes

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Is Iran trying to taunt the West? I think they are taunting each other. Last December Iranian diplomats were arrested at gunpoint in Baghdad by US soldiers and held for days. They were eventually released, as these sailors will be. Its just the usual retaliatory manoeuvrings, not worth screaming headlines and media hype.

Simon, Reading, UK

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" think the Iranians should make an example of the captives to deter the british from their future mis-adventures.

John Jones, Cardiff" Recommended by 67 people

I think if you have so many people whose first instinct is to support whatever enemy is doing you the greatest harm at any given moment you are basically done for as a culture and country. How did borderline treason become fashionable?

Bill Grant, New York, United States

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14 of your countries best abducted by iran and going through who knows what, and its not even on the frontpage of the BBC webpage anymore? From what I have been reading here, a vast majority of you could care less anyway. A blessed shame it is!!!

Jim Cushing, North Carolina

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If the Iranian government will not give the soldiers back, then Britain will have to bring them home by force. It is clear the Revolutionary Guard is allowed to do what ever it wants. Blair and company cannot let Ahmadinejad get away with this

Beanie Sigel, Philadelphia, USA


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If the UK soldiers detained by Iran should be returned, then so should the Iranian liaison employees detained by the US on Jan 11th this year, whose fate still remains unknown. Bet then again, recent events have shown that there are two sets of laws, one of which applies to people we like, and the other which applies to those we don't.

Martin, England, UK

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The UK, USA, Israel and Iran are all playing a complicated game of brinkmanship, poker and chess all rolled into one.

Iran will fall into the trap set by the other three countries and then - Check mate - Iran will be 'put in its place'


Shane PereiRA, Basingstoke

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It is pathetic to see how Britain is handling this hostage taking by Iran which is a terrorist and soon to be nuclear state.
They are behaving like emasculated toothless old Bulldogs, Iran should be bombed immediately and until all the Marines are returned.
Iraq should never have been invaded, it is Iran that is the original terror state that should have been invaded.
The problem with the west is that it tackling the problem of Islamic extremism with the same mentality of the 2nd world war.

Rodney, London

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Come on Brits, we love you guys. You are our brothers. Show some backbone. Stop the self-loathing and moral relativism. The Iranian regime is a threat. They want us to pull out of Iraq so that they can wield a sphere of influence from Iran to Lebanon, a Shiite Caliphate.
They are enriching Uranium to develop Nuclear Weapons (why do they need Nuclear energy when they are sitting on oil?).
If we leave the Middle East another energy hungry nation (Russia or China perhaps) will only take our place

Todd, Harrisburg, Pa, USA

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Just a small point, but one that the UK / US media constantly ignore:

'The Gulf' is actually named The Persian Gulf.

Matt, Benfleet

Thanks for the geography lesson Matt. But you realise that doesn't mean that Iran 'owns' it any more than we own the English channel, Mexico owns the Gulf of Mexico or India the Indian Ocean?! The ship was in Iraqi waters. Get over it and stop making frankly bizare excuses for Iran's sabre-rattling antics.

qwerty, UK

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No matter how much your readership may hate the United States, I seriously doubt that this atrocity is going to be tolerated by my government much longer. Iran may believe, by law, they own that piece of water, but they didn't factor in that we're PO'd and they may end up drinking every last drop.

My family lived in the UK for six years. I told my youngest son this morning that Iran is holding British Navy seamen. His only response was, "when do we bomb the bast**ds?"

Walter Wilson, Los Angeles, United States


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Self-fulfilling prophecy.

The Iranians have the measure of us.

We are the soft touch of the world; the UK government puts the rights of illegal immigrants, terrorists, criminals ahead of the well being of the indigenous population, it is no wonder that potential enemies see us for what we really are.

If, as our politicians say, we are in a global war, then they are not only losing the war abroad, they have lost it at home.

Iran is laughing at us.


Peter Cameron, Inverness

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I'm shocked by many of the statements from my fellow Britons. This is not a time to castigate our Armed Forces but to support them and our government in their attempts to get the 15 British sailors back. Our men and women! Iran has as good as declared war and I for one will not apologize or make excuses for that Theocracy!
Military action if needed!

Beaman Bowler, Kent, United Kingdom

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Everyone suggesting violent death and destruction to Iran look in the mirror you are the same as those you think are violent, agressive, destructive and hateful - you are not only part of the problem - you are the problem screaming death from your armchairs, go and join up if you are so gung ho about killing other people.

Ang, New york

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Will the U.K. now seize Irananian naval vesels patroling off Cardiff in the Bristol channel? The absurdity of the Western military presence in the 'Persian' Gulf heralds back to the days of White Man's Burden. The hyopocrisy of western outrage is comical. Exactly why is a British ship within a thousand miles of the Persian gulf?

Bill wontanabee, Canada

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Everyone is going on as if the UK/USA doesn't do this kind of thing all the time. What if the Iranian navy decided to 'almost' trespass into UK or US waters? Double standards.

ss, Manchester

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I would normally say this is clear cut - if the british navy say they were in Iraqi waters then I would take their word on it. But given the lies and war crimes f the Blair/Brown administration over recent times, one can no longer trust that they are telling the truth on anything. So where does that leave us?

[mango-], Cardiff, Wales

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To all those living in the UK, who don't seem to care about the lives of our servicemen and women, count yourselves lucky we do have people who volunteer to protect your miserable worthless existences, I say we should swap them for the likes of you. I spent 22 years in the Royal Navy and am disgusted by the lack of support our armed forces receive. Shame on the lot of you. Deportation is too good for you.

[adjl21], Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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This is an act of aggression towards the UK. We need to look at ensuring that the Iranians know that they cannot threaten /take hostages.
This is kidnapping.

Rory, Aberdeen

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Nope. This is international law. We crossed into their waters, they claim. They have very right to capture our marines.

If you can prove we were definitely NOT in their waters, then you have a point. Can you prove that then?

Tom Franklin, London, UK

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Britain hasn't been an empire for over a century yet we've been victorious in every major conflict we've been involved in since. We don't need to be an empire to defeat the likes of Iran and their despot leader. We will hopefully follow this up with the rooting out of the nihilistic, spineless, traitor, apologists amongst us who would rather see our soldiers at the mercy of foreign extremist powers than have the courage to make a stand.

RayA, Edmonton

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If British forces did stray into Iranian waters, Iran has every right to be upset by this and to arrest them. However, I believe Iran's actions are a result of the repeated hostility shown towards itself by the US and it's allies in the UN security council. If the 15 captives are to be released safely and calm is to be ensured, it's imperative the UN stops playing a hypocritical nuclear blame-game and starts making serious and fair talks with the Iranian people. To achieve peace you must use it.

R Vigoureux, England

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Have you heard our defence? We were "not in Iranian waters but Iraqi waters". What the hell are we doing in either. Go Iran!!! I'm sick of this country and the USA. Blair - develop backbone and stand up to America.

DL, london

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I believe Iran needs to look upon it's actions, and relect. As they wonder why the world is giving them a rough time over various issues?

Is Iran asking for war? actions like these are just going to provoke it eventually.

Phil, Cardiff

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"british Navy no longer a power" - Are you on glue? Aside from the American Navy, the British navy is the second most powerful navy on earth, so get your facts straight! Also, isn't illegally seizing military service personnel an act of war?

John, Holland

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The capture of 15 British sailors is the Iranian response to the UK / the US cat and mouse game against Iran. The UK / the US are testing Iranian response and determination in their preparation for strike against Iran.

The Iranian rapid response was to send a signal to Blair to stop illegally entering Iranian territorial waters on Arvandrud in the Persian Gulf.

Finally, it is the PERSIAN GULF and not The Gulf or Arabian Gulf'

Azar, Wheaton, IL , USA

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Would the Iranians have done this if Maggie was PM? Let's see if Tony develops some backbone.

Russell Mason, Hastings

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The captured men, along with all equipment etc, must be returned unharmed.
Also Iran must return the boats & equipment from the last incident.

Is the Iranian leader taunting us? Yes he is.
He's a bully - and that's what bullies do!

Quinbus Flestrin, Bradford, United Kingdom

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This is an act of aggression towards the UK. We need to look at ensuring that the Iranians know that they cannot threaten /take hostages.
This is kidnapping.

Rory, Aberdeen

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I believe the Iranians are within their right to protect their borders specially since they are being picked on and threatened by the US.
Also it will not help the matter all this threats from British MPs.

Maz, london

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I am staggered that this debate (free and without fear of reprisal) seems to have stirred up the most anti-UK, bizarre and disturbing views I have read for sometime. I am in the UK forces - if our people were in the wrong place, we apologise, error made but return them; if they weren't, Iran apologises and hands them back - Easy. Talk of nuking them or, that our service people deserve what they got is just frightening! I suspect that this open debate is not occuring on any Iranian internet site?

heineken, London

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How can a country so near to where civilisation is supposed to have started act in such a way as to forcibly detain some servicemen who were lightely armed and were not able to cause any damage, does this country need to be reminded of all the help it has received and how many lives from other countries were lost fighting for it in past years. Les.

Les Sykes, U S A

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How can you believe Blair and his lies, at first they are unsure as to what waters they are in but now they say it is definately Iraqi. How can the British intelligence, which supposedly knows everything not know when they are crossing over the boundaries. You expect Iran to let this happen, whilst you consider allowing isreali aircraft to fly near Iran and the Western countries refuse to even speak to Iran. Do u not think problems would be solved in the world if leaders actually held talks

Adam, Manchester

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We should not have gone into Iraq, but we did, whether you like it or not the men and women out there are doing as our government wishes, we have to give them our full support at all times, I am sure there are many in the armed forces who dont want to be in Iraq either, with regards to Iran, it is sad that the truth is the only route we have is diplomacy, we could not force Iran to do anything without US help, what Iran should be worried about is this could be a trigger for the US to attack them

ryan, manchester

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How do you know that the british troops were not in Iranian waters?
And even if they were not, what were they doing in to Iraqi waters, Aside from invading a sovereign nation?
Essentially were they in Iranian waters or not? The answer is: don't know don' care.

Francesco Gianni, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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I think the world is being taunted by a rediculous dictator. He is holding 15 of our servicemen hostage for what?

Give these people a firm ultimatum 24 hours to give them back or we expell his 'ambassadors' here. 48 hours and we ask every Iranian in this country not on a UK passport and without resident status to get ready to go home. 72 hours and throw them out. 96 hours start to make arrangements to move troops. War.. yes if we have to as scary as that is, time to make a stand.

Neil, London

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I have followed this story from the start and i think it is wrong and the Iranian actions are unjustified. If it was just a mistake then why are the Iranians not releasing our Navy personnel. If all is true about Weapons being smuggled into Iraq from Iran then War between the UK and Iran is inevitable and i fear that there is going to be another World War if Iran keeps denying the United Nations Sanctions on it Nuclear Activity. Iran has got a lot of explaining to do over these recent events.

Scott, Glasgow

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Iran should unconditionally release Royal Navy Personnel. It is possible that British Marines may have entered Iranian waters due to misunderstanding. To quote an example of such misunderstandings, there have been uncounted occasions when Pakistans and Indian fishermen enter Pakistans and Indian waters. These fishermen are caught and then sent back to their respective countries. Iran should not make it a point to pressurize British government, as it will create further complications for Iran.

Syed A. Mateen, Karachi, Pakistan

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OK so Iran has 15 of our servicemen in captivity. Given the radar, electronic aids and lookouts on board HMS Cornwall the Captain allowed the Iranians to get so close without moving to protect his men who were carrying out his orders. As an ex-serviceman of 35 years it appears to me that there are questions to be answered here, and made public.

Alan Mackay, Northants

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"What would the UK Navy do if they found an Iranian patrol boat in UK waters? Probably the same thing"

For goodness sake - they were in IRAQI waters acting under a UN mandate! Get your facts right before you start the anti-British, anti-Western rant. This is just a revenge action by the Iranians to 'get their own back' for the increased UN sanctions. The trouble is, it involves real service personnel and their families, who must be in a state of intense stress at the moment.

Laurence, Oxford, UK

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Why are people jumping to conclusions about 15 British soldiers being questionably obtained for suspicious offenses when the US is unlawfully holding suspected "terrorists" in prison cells in Gitmo and in Iraq? The UK and the US governments are talking out of both sides of the mouth. Perhaps they ought to take into consideration their own hypocrisies before demanding other countries to follow through with policies they cannot implement themselves.

Tammy, USA

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I find it extremely disturbing that a large number of HYS readers are apparently in favor of using nuclear weapons against the Iranian people because of the detention of 15 soldiers who might have patrolled outside of their jurisdiction. Where is your sense of proportion? This makes cutting off the hands of petty thieves pale in comparison. As Westerners we publicly condemn extremism and barbarism, and yet so many of the comments posted here are extreme and barbaric. The hypocrisy is stunning...

Tom S, Boston, MA, United States

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To Dave from Chester,
How do you know who is right in this? And even without knowing for sure you want to start a war against Iran. As you should know: a sea blockade is under international law considered an act of war. And is the British Navy going to organise this blockade? Who are you going to send: a flotilla lead by Mr Bean or one by John Cleese? The times of 'Britannia rules the waves' are a long time gone. Sickening how you love to have another war. Sadism seems deep rooted.

Willy Van Damme, Dendermonde, Belgium

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As this could have been a simple misunderstanding, restraint has been appopriate. However, enough time has passed for Iran to ascertain all the facts they need to have from the sailors. Bringing to bear forces capable of sinking the entire Iranian navy is the next logical step, as disarming Iran's naval capacity is the minimum force necessary to prevent Iranian state piracy in the future.

Hannah, Honolulu, HI

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Where was the rest of the Royal Navy, the US Navy, or even a UAV to watch the backs of these 15? Iran saw (another) chance to humiliate the west militarily. Seems like we didn't learn from last time.

Armonda Riioh, Rhonda, Wales

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