Saturday, March 24, 2007 - News - Iran seizes U.K. troops: "LONDON – Iranian naval vessels on Friday seized 15 British sailors who had boarded a merchant ship in Iraqi waters of the Persian Gulf as part of efforts to protect the Iraqi coastline and its oil terminals, U.S. and British officials said.

The British government summoned the Iranian ambassador in London and demanded 'the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment.' The U.S. Navy, which operates off the Iraqi coast along with British forces, said Iran's Revolutionary Guard naval forces were responsible.

The British Navy personnel were 'engaged in routine boarding operations of merchant shipping in Iraqi territorial waters,' and had completed a ship inspection when they were accosted by Iranian vessels, Britain's Defense Ministry said.
'We are urgently pursuing this matter with the Iranian authorities at the highest level,' the ministry said.

No one could be immediately reached for comment at either government offices in Iran or at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad or at the U.N. mission. Iran is in the middle of its New Year holiday when almost all government offices close

Well, sir, applying Occam's Razor to the knotty beard of this low-level aggression, it's obvious what happened. The devious Iranians double-crossed the Americans into fabricating this event. The result is that America has a false pretext under which to attack Iran, which is precisely what Iran wants so that it can bloody America's gold-studded nose.

What Iran doesn't realize, however, is that they were, in fact duped by Americans into allowing America to fabricate the capture of British troops. Whatever happened here in the Persian Gulf, rest assured that none of it was real, and all of it was the product of some vast right-wing conspiracy or another. In fact, let's not entirely discount Canada's role in this sordid litle affair: how convenient that the Conservatives raise the spectre of another election and then this crisis serves to avert our attention.

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