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Mad Dogs And Englishmen

The crisis continues in Iran over the kidnapped British Marines, one of them a female. Iran claims to have confessions and Tony Blair is responding with harsh language. The entire world knows the Iranians are full of crap and the Marines were never in Iranian waters yet the most punishment inflicted on the Iranians so far is a stern warning of a “different phase” to come?

When I was 10 or 11 we lived next door to a couple who had a mean, loud-barking dog tied up in their front yard. Every day when I passed by on my way to school that sorry ol’ cuss jumped out at me and barked and snarled. At first he spooked me. Then it started to get on my nerves. Finally, one day I had enough and I picked up a hefty rock and scored a bullseye on Rover’s head. I got a spanking for hurting the neighbor’s dog ... but that damned SOB never barked at me again.

It’s something for Tony Blair and George Bush to think about ....

Blair Warns Iran Over Captured Sailors
LONDON (TELEGRAPH) - 9:41am BST 27/03/2007

Tony Blair has warned of a “different phase” if diplomatic efforts fail to secure the release of the 15 British service personnel held captive in Iran. The Prime Minister said the first concern of the Government was getting the personnel released as “quickly as possible”.

“I hope we manage to get [Iran] to realise they have to release them,” he told GMTV. “If not, then this will move into a different phase.”

Asked about what he meant by a “different phase”, Mr Blair said: “Well, we will just have to see, but what they should understand is that we cannot have a situation where our servicemen and women are seized when actually they are in Iraqi waters under a UN mandate, patrolling perfectly rightly and in accordance with that mandate, and then effectively captured and taken to Iran.”

The warning comes as the family of one of the service personnel has spoken of the “very distressing time” they are going through.

Faye Turney, 26, who has a three-year-old daughter, was the only woman among the British sailors and Marines captured last Friday after boarding a dhow carrying suspicious cargo off the coast of Iraq.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Defence on behalf of her family said: “While we understand the media interest in the ongoing incident involving Faye, this remains a very distressing time for us and our family.

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Iran Claims To Have Confessions From Marines
TEHERAN (TELEGRAPH) - 12:54am BST 26/03/2007

The Iranian military last night claimed its interrogators had extracted confessions from 15 British naval personnel, who had admitted straying illegally into Iranian territorial waters.

The 14 men and one woman were reported to have been transferred to Teheran to be grilled over what they were doing when they were picked up near the entrance to the Shatt al-Arab waterway south of the Iraqi city of Basra. Iran called the action “blatant aggression”. Britain insists its forces were on the Iraqi side of the maritime border with Iran when they were surrounded by gunboats and taken into custody.

The Sunday Telegraph has learned that British intelligence was warned by the CIA that Iran would seek revenge for the detention of five suspected Iranian intelligence officers in Iraq in January.

But although the US raised threat levels around the world and warned British intelligence that there was a danger Iran might step up attacks in southern Iraq, British threat levels were not altered.

Last night Gen Alireza Afshar, spokesman for the Iranian general staff, said the 15 had been interrogated and had admitted they knew they were inside Iranian waters. He said data on their geographical positioning systems backed up the Iranian claims.

“They are currently being questioned and have admitted to violating the territorial waters of the Islamic republic,” he said. “We have solid evidence that they were detained in our territorial waters. They themselves have confessed and admitted their mistake.”

The Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office both said the arrests were made in Iraqi waters, a version of events supported by an Iraqi fisherman who witnessed them. He said the Iraqi ship the British forces were searching had been anchored for a week or more and that Iraqi boats never ventured across because of tight security by Iranian coastguards.

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