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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Persian Hospitality

Weave a circle round him thrice,

And close your eyes with holy dread,

For he on honey-dew hath fed,

And drunk the milk of Paradise

Kubla Kahn, Samuel Taylor Colerdige

Thumbing through the Alice pictures for the previous post, I stumbled upon the above, and thought it an apt explanation for the apparent dissonance between the happy captured British personnel seen in track suits playing checkers on the Persian carpets, and their dour recent recollections of their brief stay.

They said they "were stripped and dressed in pyjamas ... we were kept in stone cells, approximately eight feet by six, sleeping on piles of blankets. All of us were kept in isolation." (''British Sailors say Iran Threatened them with Jail, Reuters'')

Let's see--they were given pajamas. Well, that's a sight better than Sgt. Cary got from the U.S. military hospital, in our recent post. And they were allowed a pile of blankets to sleep upon. Certainly better than the wire cot allowed to Padilla. Probably commensurate with the sleeping conditions of many of the average Iraqis whose homes have been plundered.

" 'Lads, lads, I think we're going to get executed,' " a voice said in the darkness, recalled one of the marines, Joe Tindell. After that, someone got sick, "and as far as I was concerned, he had just had his throat cut." (''Britons Recount Capture, Detention, Washinston Post.'') Well, that is one possible visual before you fall down the rabbit hole.


Blogger Lurch said...

Sleeping on piles of blankets, in stone cells which are notoriously cold. Those cruel, evil Iranians. And in jammies, too! Is there no end to their fiendishness?

As you say, only marginally better than the conditions at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 1:48:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


For sure, better. If they're not sleeping on Sealy Perfect Sleepers, I doubt you will. It's like in the Peace Corps: you will live in conditions commensurate with those of the local population.

It's a damn sight better than having your head in sandbags, dogs biting, and sexualized abuse while naked.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 10:32:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lurch said...

OK, I'll agree it's a damned sight better if you keep that German Shepherd away from my privates.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 1:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 3:52:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous M.K. said...

For those of us who have had the pleasure of spending a couple of nights in any western prison-detention, it sounds just laughable the way the brits piss and moan afterwards. You get treated exactly the same in any drunk-tank I know off. That they lied about being kept isolated just puts the whole point to yet another stupid stupid STUPID propaganda-effort of the west. Its a sad day for the british armed forces, and a marked deviance from the "stiff upper lip" doctrine.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 5:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


You are right. God Save the Queen.


Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 5:30:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thought crossed my mind that maybe the true intimidation was exercised by the British on their own men and lady to make sure they represented the Iranians according to popular Western conceptions. GSJ

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 8:27:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


An interesting possibility. It's a small gesture, and one the Iranians could have anticipated; they already won that p.r. job.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 11:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous m.k. said...

God save prince William, if he ever gets deployed. Thats a good crazy man..

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 11:13:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


What are your thoughts on Prince Harry?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 11:57:00 AM GMT-5  

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