After being quoted earlier today as saying Iran would release the female sailor they are holding captive, the Iranian FM Mottaki said he was “probably misquoted” and is now saying they will not release the female hostage. I did not mention their claims of releasing the hostage in my last post because I did not believe it would happen, and I figured we could discuss it here after it happened. I’m sad that my instincts were right on this one.
The Iranians are playing games, and are now saying that “maybe” talks will progress once the British admit they did something they didn’t do (cross into Iranian waters). Mottaki is finally saying that Iran has agreed to let someone (Turkish diplomats, woo freaking hoo) talk to the hostages, but I think we should think of this the same way as the “release”…believe it when we see it.
If that weren’t enough, there are now rumblings that Iran is going to put the hostages on trial for espionage. They are claiming the British intentionally entered into Iranian waters in order to spy. Never mind this is completely against the Geneva Convention, what’s even scarier is that if Iran does this, the hostages will most likely be found guilty and face the penalty for spying. Guess what that is? Yep. Execution.
Where are all the various global parties up in arms about the Geneva violations going on here? From Hugh Hewitt today:
The third Geneva Convention of 1949 prohibits “humiliating and degrading” treatment of POWs. Requiring the female Brisih [sic] sailor to appear in Islamic dress seems certain to me to violate this obligation. Agreed?
From Captain Ed today:
The Iranians cannot try the men for espionage if they captured the sailors in uniform. Article 46 of the Geneva Convention states this clearly:
2. A member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict who, on behalf of that Party and in territory controlled by an adverse Party, gathers or attempts to gather information shall not be considered as engaging in espionage if, while so acting, he is in the uniform of his armed forces.
What will happen? We know how crazy Iran is, but how stupid are they is another matter entirely.
Exit question courtesy of Jawa tonight:
While everyone is focused on this crisis, what is Iran doing that’s off the radar, so to speak? I smell….diversion.