And Awaaay We Go
The purpose of all wars, is peace
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children
Up front, Ahmadinejad is not my favorite guy. Let me count the ways. For starters, he possesses a woeful lack of modern history, only remembering those offenses which suit his ends. Oops, that accusation hits a bit too close...
But his Easter offering of the rat-out British sailors is sort of...sweet, in a way. I mean, he's dressed in a nice Summer suit, sans tie, of course, smiling while making the trade off. It is how politics is conducted, and we could fault him for gleaming a bit too much, perhaps.
But what brilliant rhetoric: ''for the occasion of the passing of Christ, I say the Islamic Republic government and the Iranian people — with all powers and legal right to put the soldiers on trial — forgave those 15.''
Brilliant--they recognize America as a bunch of religious fanatics, much like themselves, who will truly appreciate the sentiments on J.C.'s passing (we've all gotta go sometime), and they have co-opted and subsumed the Christ's message of forgiveness. Simply breathtaking.
Why can we not muster such simple, effective propaganda--one simplistic, sound-bite nation to another? However that may be, the salient points of this scenario must not be forgotten.
 The first point in the situation is that Iran does have a legitimate right to defend their territorial waters and land. This is what we call sovereignty, and which has become such a sacred word in Iraq.
Can the British or the Iranians provide GPS coordinates to verify claims or counter-claims? Surely the coalition of the willing have GPS markers on their craft or commo gear.
 Britain's foreign office, speaking of a video of the sailors pointing to a map location where they were seized, said it was ''completely unacceptable for these pictures to be shown on TV." While this is true, but it is no less acceptable than televising Saddam's execution, or running pictures of Saddam's murdered sons Qusay and Uday in magazines and tabloids, ditto Zarkawi, et. al., on U.S. television, as well.
It seems that coalition forces can use degrading photos of dead people for their propaganda purposes (in violation of the Geneva Convention), but we object to the Iranians televising of their questioning of live prisoners for similar purposes.
The Iranian approach is refreshing to say the least. The British personnel appeared clean and unharmed, and their heads were not in sandbags with flex cuffs, lying prostrate on concrete. There is an element of dignity in the proceedings. The prisoners did not disappear, get rendered, nor were they held in secret prisons.
Since 1979, Iranians have known how to throw a hostage event. America should learn from them.