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Thursday, March 29, 2007

What's the story?

This whole Iran thing is really kinda bothering me.

In the normal ways, yeah. I can't believe that now, at this point in time, with tensions already being high between them and the West, and when their president was about to go try to speak to the UN about why they're doing things the way they are, to go ahead and capture 15 British hostages. Because, technically, thats what they are. Just so happens they wear the outfit. But what's really upsetting me abut this whole thing is the woman.

I noticed yesterday that she was wearing a veil. And I read the letter she supposedly wrote. But I didn't really think about it until a little while ago when, while reading an article in today's Washington Post online, that I really started thinking about it. In the caption to the still frame shown of the video the Iranians released yesterday, it says her name, with "unidentified sailor" and "unidentified marine." Seriously? Do you mean to tell me that while the media has gone ahead and found out her entire life story, they can't even take the time to figure out who her fellow prisoners are? I mean, come on now... its not that hard to figure out... (And here's an interesting commentary on that from a British paper)

Then there's the rest. The veil. The letter. What seems to be comfort on TV. I'd just like to hope that there's something going on there that we don't see. I hope its something like a deal they made with each other that she goes home and passes information, or be able to go back and tell the Brits where the rest of them are so they can get them out. I hope its not torture, or AK47s being held to her shipmates' heads. What it likely is, either way, is Iran trying to look like the good guy, who keeps getting picked on and by the Big Bad West, coming into their territorial waters and harassing their citizens. Experts are saying her body language points towards her being coerced. There are also people saying her statements look entirely made up, like they were peiced together from bits and peices of a conversation. Either way, they've singled her out. And that's angering.

Either way, the whole thing is a mess. It will be interesting to see how it pans out, and what she or all of them have to say upon release or when/if Britain is granted access to them. For now, all we can do is keep praying for them all...

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