A Voice in the Wilderness

by Mike on April 8, 2007

in Election 2008,Politics,War on Terror

Backed into a diplomatic corner, Iran decided to kidnap 15 British sailors from Iraqi waters, a blatant act of war. The UK and the international community displayed their collective outrage with the diplomatic equivalent of a sternly worded letter. After a couple weeks of back and forth behind closed doors, the Iranians return the kidnapped soldiers. The Iranian act of war is thus far unpunished as the mullahs march to nuclear madness. So, where do the UK and Iran stand now?

Tony Blair doesn’t appear to be in much of a mood for celebrating. I don’t know how he could be, given the troubling spectacle of British soldiers shake the hand of their kidnapper as a condition of release. In the old days, they would have kissed his ring — but wearing Iranian suits and carrying swag more appropriate to a Hollywood awards ceremony may have been as embarrassing. Ironically, Blair’s options are fewer by the day as his own party moves to mothball the British fleet, once the fear of pirates and tyrants the world over.

Some in the West seem part of Iran’s propaganda war; claiming that the release of the hostages was a victory that proves the Iranian dictatorship can be reasoned with. To misrepresent unpunished piracy as a victory is as Orwellian as the congressional mandate banning use of the term “the global war on terror.” What are we — Reuters?

Who is the man delivering such moral clarity at this crucial time? Fred Thompson.

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Noonan April 8, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Well spoken indeed. Sounds like Thompson could be a strong voice on the war on terror.

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