Well, that was then. This was today.
Britain’s crisis with Iran deepened last night after Tehran justified seizing 15 British servicemen by claiming that they had strayed into Iranian territorial waters “illegally”.
The claim in 79 was the U.S. Embassy was a nest of spies. That action then and the one today was/is designed to divert attention away from their own misdeeds. By creating a smokescreen, it directs attention away from the issue at hand, which is the UNSC sanctions that are currently being discussed and proposed. And as slow as the process seems to be going to the average non-bureaucratic mind, I would guess they are nearer to an agreement and Iran is hoping to gain some ill-gotten leverage that didn't have before this incident.
The incident occurred mid-morning when a boarding party left HMS Cornwall, the flagship of the multinational task force in the northern Gulf, in two small craft to inspect an Iranian merchant ship.
When the inspection was completed the British were surrounded by six larger vessels from a Revolutionary Guards naval unit.
It kind of makes you wonder if there wasn't something just a little sensitive on that ship, doesn't it? Maybe it was that, or, they were deliberately wanting to provoke an incident. It's not openly apparent either way right now. But whatever the case, know that Iran is not new to these kinds of situations. In addition to the 79 embassy takeover, they have been involved in another hostage situation with the Brits.
So? Can anyone really say they are shocked on this one and still keep a straight face?
UPDATE: British sailors admit being in Iranian waters.
Fifteen British Sailors and marines detained off Iraq by the Iranian navy have admitted illegally entering Iranian waters, senior Iranian commander General Alireza Afshar said Saturday.
"They are currently being questioned and have admitted to violating the territorial waters of the Islamic repubic," Afshar, the official spokesman of the army chief of staff, told the semi-official Fars news agency.
So says Iran. But I wouldn't say they are the most credible of sources. As for me, I'll wait to see what they say when they are released.