The British personnel were engaged in legitimate and routine boarding operations of merchant shipping in Iraqi territorial waters in support of the Government of Iraq. Canadian naval ships have conducted the same type of operations in this area under the same mandate.
When did Canada start conducting operations in support of the Iraqi government? This is news to me. Peter Mackay says,
“We are deeply concerned that Iran has detained 15 British military personnel for more than five days now, despite clear evidence that their vessels were operating in Iraqi territorial waters.
I wonder what this evidence is because to be honest, I don’t trust Tony Blair to tell the truth. Does he really expect us to just believe him without question when he says the British navy was not trespassing in Iranian waters? Is there going to be a new powerpoint showing like the last one Colin Powell presented? You know….those slides that showed the weapons of mass destruction being moved around in Iraqi trucks just before the US/Britain invaded the country.
Considering the whole Bush military build up in that area, I think the possibility exists that a mistake could have been made. Posturing is becoming increasingly offensive and dangerous. Couldn’t Blair just mutter a statement saying there “could have been an error” and put an end to the matter? Unless….. there is really solid proof and if there is, get on with it and provide it to the masses so we can trust you again. Bush is cruising for anything to get him out of the mess he’s in at home. If he drags the rest of the world into his nightmare, that will be “mission accomplished.”
If Bush is truly planning for another round of “let’s make war”….. on Iran, then Harper will go to an election pretty quick. I believe Harper will support Bush/Blair and they could not commit us to a war on Iran without a majority.
March 29 Update: Check out this article by Pacific Free Press on the Iraq/Iran border issue. Great stuff!