Today the LATimes has a story about how in Afghanistan ever since the exchange of 5 Taliban prisoners for the Italian journalist held hostage, kidnapping as a maneuver has increased.
“Before, the Taliban had one gun in their hands. Now they have two,” said Shukria Barakzai, a member of the Afghan parliament.
“It was really a big mistake….
The Taliban claim they hold 10 hostages including 2 French aid workers.
And yet in other news, Iran is looking for British “goodwill” in their own hostage exchange. Iran’s ambassador to London has said Britain should respond “in a positive way” to the release of the 15 Royal Navy personnel held for 13 days
So here we have live indicators showing that once you give in to hostage takers, then you are stuck with more hostage taking and yet the Iranians want British “goodwill”. Pffft
I don’t think so.
Meanwhile as the details grow concerning their ordeal (ie, being blindfolded, tied and lined up against a wall and thinking they are going to be executed) speculations continues about what they “should have done”.
I’m not a military person but in all the codes of conduct going around it really needs to be noted that the UK is not at war with Iran. That should change the dynamics just a bit. You don’t just go shooting New Zealanders who have strayed into your waters. You might pick them up and take them to their embassy, which is exactly what those Brits thought was going to happen.
Talk amongst yourselves about what should have occurred once they realized things were different. I know I’m a whimp.
But moving on to more links on this situation. Iranmania is noting that Iran, Syria and Hezbollah are all preparing for war. Why is that? Because they actually believe what the President of the US says.
President George W. Bush has vowed to resolve the crisis over Iran’s nuclear ambitions by the time he leaves office in early 2009.
That comes from being who he is. You’ll note they aren’t just taking American hostages in hopes that our “goodwill” will be granted once they are released.
And finally I think this story is awesome. It’s about an Iranian who has converted to Christianity. NZ has granted him refuge status because his life is in danger if he returns to Iran now. We should write that in our own refuge laws. I wonder what would happen to the status of Islam under those circumstances. Islam might not have quite the number it thinks it has once the threat of death is no longer part of the belief sytem.