As I said in a recent post, British sailors don’t tend to stray into the “wrong waters” and it increasingly looks as if I was right in this case.
The facts as I know them indicate an Iranian insertion into Iraq waters, the kidnapping of British troops and their removal to Tehran with the authority (possibly after the event) from President Ahmadinejad. What the hell was he thinking?
My greatest concern is that an escalation to military action is exactly what he wants, nothing like a good war to quell internal dissent and to distract attention away from domestic problems. He is probably well aware that we a heavily over-committed militarily and that there is little appetite for further conflict in the Psyche of the British public. We have options, but I don’t think that Ahmadinejad is going to lose face easily.
The question that we need to ask ourselves is, how far are we willing to go to get our troops back?