A Man And A Meeting Equals 15 Brits?
One possibility: The concurrent release of one detained Iranian diplomat and granting of permission for Iran to visit 5 other detainees was ransom enough. No diplomats are citing this as a reason.
Another: Syria found and yanked some magic string. Yes, it's almost impossible to believe that Syria could suddenly be an international player beyond it's noted skill at squashing Lebanon, but for the record Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told a Kuwaiti newspaper his country was serving as a diplomatic go-between in the crisis. Gee, maybe that's why NanFran visit Syria, to help seal this deal of "I've got a bridge for sale" proportions.
Or it could just be that goofy mix of Islam and Stalinism that fuels Ahmadinejad's cells; after all, he said in announcing the release:
"On the occasion of the birthday of the great prophet (Muhammad) ... and for the occasion of the passing of Christ, I say the Islamic Republic government and the Iranian people — with all powers and legal right to put the soldiers on trial — forgave those 15."One catch: Mohammed's birthday was a week ago.
So those are the stated reasons, as far as I can see. A swap, a Syrian, a sacrifice. All hogwash.
More likely: Iran, seeing it was getting absolutely no traction from its action -- no backing off the anti-nuke resolutions, no rallying cries from other Islamic states, no nothing -- and probably receiving details about just how swift and harsh their punishment would be if they screwed this thing up further, looked for the first door they could walk through.
Mohammed and Christ showed them their out, and they took it.
Yes, this debacle showed the weak, chaotic, irresponsible nature of the Iranian regime, but more significantly, it showed the Brits that their military is now officially a joke. As has been pointed out recently, if Argentina attacked the Falklands today, Britain would not be able to assemble a credible military response.
What will the Brits do about this? Blame America, of course. As one commenter (among many) posted on BBC:
... the reason why this has happened because the US allowed access to the Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Iraq since January. As a result we were caught in the crossfire... TYpical our people suffer for Bush's stupidity..You think that's bad? Try this one from Paul in Manchester, that was actually recommended by three other readers:
We should be grateful BUSH kept his mouth shut and did not inflame this situation any more than required.
I think it proves the Iranians are actually very nice and kind people and no threat to any country at all. Now the US should release the Iranian officials it captured in Iraq 2 weeks ago and has probably been torturing since. Its the US who are the evil war mongerere in the worldAha! A news flash! Bush Hatred Found To Cause Blindness, IQ Loss!