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Iranian Hostage Crisis: Day 5 Roundup

John on March 27, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Allah titles his post today “Blair threatens to move from pleading to cajoling.” Here’s the story:

Britain hopes that diplomacy will win the release of 15 sailors and marines detained by Iran but is prepared to move to a “different phase” if not, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday.

ScrappleFace goes one step further:

Iran announced today that it would release immediately the 15 British soldiers and marines it took hostage last week to avoid further “cordial pressure and devastating pleasantries” from British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

“In this test of wills,” said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “we acknowledge the superior power of the adversary. We cannot withstand another onslaught of polite diplomatic language nor the withering, if unspoken, consternation we detect in the eyes of Tony Blair.”

NewsBusters notes how reluctant some of the MSM seem to be to report on the story:

Today marks four days since Iran’s Revolutionary Guard captured 15 British servicemen…Yet the Washington Post, which has never hesitated to front-page negative developments in the war in Iraq, gave just 51 words on page A8 to the ongoing detention…

The Independent, who had a reporter aboard the HMS Cornwall when the incident took place, published an interview of sorts with Faye Turney, the sole woman captured last Friday. Obviously reporter Terri Judd did this before the incident, not knowing how significant it would be. Once Turney’s parents came forward to the press, she was able to publish.

So here it is, the words of a 25 year old mother and, God willing, future Member of Parliament:

“My parents made sure I was under no illusions that I could, and can, go to war at any time. Sometimes it can be like a cruise being in the Navy but sometimes you may be called upon. And if you are then you just have to get on with it, That’s what you’re paid for.”

Finally, I love this cartoon by Paul Nowak, courtesy of Townhall [HT: Lorie Byrd at Wizbang]

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