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Iran, Iraq, Sailors And No Little Wash

by | 6th, April 2007

LOOKING at the Iran hostage/non-booze cruise story, a link is found between the carnage in Iraq and Ahmadinejad in Tehran, as EU Referendum writes.   

Tehran Tyrant

ALTHOUGH one would not hold out The Sun to be the fount of all wisdom, it is certainly the bellwether for a significant sector of public opinion. And, while the “frightened fifteen”, clutching their “lucky bags” revel in the warm embrace of their mummies and daddies, and sundry other “loved ones”, the redtop has made it clear it sees a link between the bomb in Basra and what it calls the “Tehran tyrant”.

Its leader acknowledges that it was “good to see our 15 sailors and marines back on British soil yesterday” but, for all the cheers and champagne, avers that “this was not Britain’s finest military hour”.

John Humphrys put that very point to First Sea Lord Jonathon Band this morning. He responded: “This incident was a most extraordinary act conducted in those water and I would not agree at all that this wasn’t our finest hour. I think our people have reacted extremely well in some very difficult circumstances.”

Band then went on to justify his force’s lack of preparedness by telling us to look at the boarding “in context”, defining the threat in terms of protecting the Iraqi oil terminals in the Gulf from “criminals and terrorists and certainly not the Iranians”. The Iranians are not the enemy, he averred. In no way are they considered the enemy. The Iranians “are not part of the scene”.

Asked whether he considered the possibility that our service people might be captured by the Iranians, Band virtually squawked with indignation. “As a professional set of Armed Forces and you can’t get more a professional set than the United Kingdom we are always assessing the balance between force protection and the task we are doing… the decision to go ahead with the boarding was entirely proper.”

When Humphrys suggested that the “little boat was out of sight of the mother ship” and that “… it was a pretty cavalier approach,” Band showed the ranks were truly closing, resorting to the time-honoured defence of the bureaucrat: “The procedure was correct for the situation on the ground as the commander saw it.”

Lessons Learned

If that does not stink of minds already made up, I don’t what does, but the First Sea Lord could have at least waited until his “lessons learned” charade has run its course before being so confident. Now that he has made so public a claim, it will

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