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New Year’s Gift — Why Now?
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New Year’s Gift

The Iranian President decided to present his own version of the New Year’s Honours List by handing out medals to the Iranian military personnel who captured the British military personnel in the Persian Gulf and announced: Iran ‘to release British sailors’

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says 15 British naval personnel captured in the Gulf will be freed.

He repeated allegations that the British sailors and marines “invaded” Iranian waters, but said they would be freed as a “gift” to Britain.

He got to appear to be a peace loving, reasonable leader, slam the UK and US for aggression, and avoid an internal struggle within the Iranian government.

I would wait until the British personnel are back in British hands before scheduling any celebrations, because there are a lot of groups and people in Iran who can overrule decisions made by Ahmadinejad.

[It’s the new year on the Persian calendar.]


1 Jack K. { 04.04.07 at 10:33 am }

…there must be people in the White House just chewing the furniture to shreds over this. There they had the perfect opportunity for a sort of third-party ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ incident and Ahmadinejad jerks the rug out from under them (assuming this whole “pardon” thing gets by the religious leaders)…

I like that little dig he got in about Leading Seaman Faye Turney, questioning the Brit’s sense of family values. It’s BS, of course, but it is amusing to see him aligning himself with those conservative Americans and Britons who don’t believe women should be in military combat positions (oh, LOOK! More chewed furniture!)…

2 John B. { 04.04.07 at 10:52 am }


If you had a dog and he didn’t die an agonizing death from eating tainted pet food that slipped by negligent government food inspectors, you could train him to fetch the newspaper and then you’d be reading stuff such as is written about here:
GITMO Boogeyman Story A Lie

3 Bryan { 04.04.07 at 12:28 pm }

You know, Jack, it’s really sad that an Iranian wingnut engineering professor has a better feel for PR than the American government. If the Grand Ayatollah lets him do it, Ahmadinejad has just stuck it to the Bush-Blair axis of obnoxious.

I have been meaning to mention that mess, John, especially since the former Eglin Federal Prison would have been an ideal candidate if this was contemplated. If you are trying to hold desert dwellers, I can’t imagine a better place than the piny woods and swamps on Eglin with alligators, venomous snakes, bears, and coyotes to scare them if they attempted escape. I figure if they dub Deliverance into Arabic and show it once a week, control wouldn’t be a problem.

4 Anntichrist S. Coulter { 04.04.07 at 11:20 pm }

I wonder what stunt that they’re going to pull next, in order to continue pursuing the suicide mission on invading Iran. You *know* that these sociopathic, psychotic motherfuckers have not given up on that obsession.

5 Bryan { 04.04.07 at 11:57 pm }

Whatever they try, it will just keep the Iranian nutcases in power, the same way Castro has hung around well after his “sell by” date.