British Sailors: “Potential Distress”?!

In response to the video showing British sailors being treated well and eating Kebab and rice, and saying they did indeed trespass into Iranian waters, the British Foreign office has issued a statement saying,

“[It] is completely unacceptable for these pictures to be shown on television, given the potential distress to their [the sailors’] families.”

I don’t know about the British Foreign Office, but as far as I know, letting you sit around and having you eat well while in detention is way more hospitality than one would expect (particularly given the way the British media would wanna describe how the sailors were treated), and the best relief to any family in that situation. I pass no judgement on where the Brits were arrested and the right and wrongs of the matter, but what British officials are saying here about “potential distress” to the families is just ridiculous.

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4 responses to “British Sailors: “Potential Distress”?!

  1. Let’s look at this situation. Six Imams were detained at an airport where they were questioned several hours by airport security because of passengers feeling threatened by their activities.

    Now CAIR, the ACLU and the Imams are furious and trying to sue everyone involved because of their “distress”? Okay, we made them miss a flight, but they went home at the end of the night.

    On the other hand, 15 military folks are hussled up at gun point by a hostile foreign military that has continuously threatened the U.S. and other Western countries. They are secreted off to an unknown location, probably questioned intensely, made to write false statements in front of a camera, unable to meet with U.K. statesmen and have no idea when or if they will ever go home. Yet, because they are given rice and lamb, everything is okay?

    Notice a problem here?

    They are being held against their will! That’s distress enough!

  2. I agree that I think it would be distressing to be deprived of one’s freedom, regardless of how well cared for or how well fed one is. We can only hope that these people are released as soon as possible.

    In terms of who’s threatening whom – it is the U.S. that has continually threatened Iran, beginning with the Bush State of the Union Axis of Evil remark. Iran, for the most part, is simply responding to calls for regime change and statements that “all options are on the table.” Most countries would respond in a similar way to such remarks.

    And, Ham, I love your description of being secreted off to an unknown location, questioned intensely, unable to meet with…hmm, take your pick: International Red Cross, lawyers, family, etc…and have no idea when or if you will ever go home. This is a perfect description of the U.S. government’s clandestine operations. All you need to add is a little torture…and take away the rice and lamb.

  3. Hmmm, let’s think about this… Clandestine U.S. government operations. There’s that boogeyman fallacy when folks don’t have the facts to support there arguments. They fall back on conspiracy theories.

    Oh, did we hurt Iran’s feelings by calling them names? Yep, that rates right up there with calling for Israel being wiped off the map.

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