Take a good look Brits, this may be your future:
Its appalling and entirely unacceptable (anyone ever heard of the Geneva Conventions?) to show images/video of hostages on television, but I wonder if anyone in the UK will make a big deal out of this? Showing the one female hostage on TV, forced to wear a veil, forced to say they are guilty of trespassing into Iranian waters, and forcing her to say how awesome the Iranians are should be enough to enrage the Brits into action. We’ll wait and see what Blair, et. al. do, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for the appropriate response.
MEMRI has the video of the female sailor:
How can they be friendly and warm if they are holding her hostage? All it takes is one look at her face to know how she really feels.
Anyone remember that video of Saddam visiting the western hostages in the run-up to Desert Storm? Saddam made the bad mistake of sitting a British child on his knee; the child looked terrified, and the British public woke up the next morning ready for war.
Hot Air commenters are debating the issue of saying whatever the hostage wants, so you can be freed, and making sure you don’t embarrass your country or put other soldiers in harms way (which is the U.S. code of conduct, paraphrased). Obviously propaganda in favor of Iran harms soldiers, but how effective is this propaganda? Does anyone really believe anything she’s said has NOT been coerced?
From an interview with a British Admiral, via Neo-Neocon:
These particular people would not be trained in counter-interrogation techniques because they are not expected to be captured. But I think our guidance to anyone in that position would be to say what they want you to say, let’s not be silly about it. Don’t tell them secrets, clearly, but if they tell you: ‘Say this’, well if that’s going to get you out, then do it. It means absolutely nothing, what they say, to be honest.
Its hard to watch the female sailor saying the things she’s obviously only agreed to say in order to gain freedom, but it is understandable none the less.
Finally, this letter to the London Times today, via NRO:
Having served with the Royal Navy in the Gulf, during peacetime and war, I wish to express my anger and frustration regarding the situation that has been allowed to develop with our kidnapped Service people in Iran. If, as now seems apparent, we are putting our people in harm’s way with no commitment to back them up should things take a turn for the worse, then we should cease the policy of stop-and-search in the Gulf immediately. At the time of the abduction, HMS Cornwall must have been aware of the approach of the Iranians, using her onboard sensors and those of the Lynx helicopter which was on the scene at the time. Yet apparently no effort was made, either by the heavily armed warship or the Lynx, usually armed at this time with light and heavy machineguns, to protect their sailors or prevent their capture. I know that the Marines would have hated to have given up, and would only have done so because they were directed to by their own commanders. This is another example of this Government’s willingness to commit our people to dangerous operations without the backbone or even the means to back them up.