Iran's Hostage Strategy Worked

So now the truth is shook out. Iran took the British hostages so they could get their diplomats back. You may recall that the U.S. stormed an Iranian diplomatic facility and took some 'diplomats' as captives.

Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. So Iran seized British marines and held them without access to British embassy officials. Just like the U.S. did to the Iranian diplomats. Then, after the U.S. released a diplomat and allowed Iranian officials to visit the other ones, the British marines were released.

So you get the point now, President Bush? Or do you need a picture? If you throw beer in someone's face, be prepared to have beer thrown back in yours.

Econo-Girl has always said that the Iranians are neither stupid nor crazy.


The Lazy Iguana said...

It is never a good idea to invade an embassy or consular office.

You can expel diplomats. No problem there. You can revoke their credentials. No problem there. But you are not supposed to arrest them.

Anonymous said...

The Iranian was taken IN IRAQ. Those diplomats were arrested in the country they were helping arm insurgents in. Iran crossed into IRAQI waters to take the British. The comparison would almost be plausible had the U.S crossed into Iran and abducted randon people there, but that's not the case. It's amazing how easily facts can be spun by people with agendas. And I already know what your response will be, but no I do hate Bush as well, and I am against the war in Iraq. But that is no excuse for being blind to the realities of the world.

Econo-Girl said...


You do not know what I am going to say. I agree with all your facts and maintain that my analysis is valid anyway. Do you think that the Iranians were framing the circumstance the way you described it? No. They were thinking "They took some of our people. Let's see if we can get them back if we take some of theirs." That's all.

The realities you embrace are legal ones, not practical or political ones.

As an aside, an embassy or consulate run by Iran is Iranian soil.

I have no agenda and agree that Iran might have been engaged in nefarious activity under diplomatic cover, as they so often do.

But all the justification in the world means nothing when they use the same tactic against us. And allowing Iranian access to those we arrested is also a part of international law, and we didn't do that either.