Friday, April 06, 2007

Sailors' Statement In Full

The U.S. media seems more interested in covering the O'Reilly - Geraldo thing than this, so in case you (like I) missed this: the Telegraph has made the U.K. Sailor's statement in full available - "Sailors' statement in full".

Some key excepts (emphasis mine):

We were equipped with Xeres true navigational equipment and hand held GPS for backup. The helicopter in support provided continuous navigational confirmation and we were also linked to HMS Cornwall who were monitoring our exact position at all times. Let me make it absolutely clear, irrespective of what has been said in the past, when we were detained by the IRG we were inside internationally recognised Iraqi territorial waters and I can clearly state we were 1.7 nautical miles from Iranian waters.

When we tried to leave, they prevented us by blocking us in. By now it was becoming increasingly clear that they had arrived with a planned intent.

Some of the Iranian sailors were becoming deliberately aggressive and unstable. They rammed our boat and trained their heavy machine guns, RPGs and weapons on us.

Another six boats were closing in on us. We realised that our efforts to reason with these people were not making any headway.

We were flown to Teheran and transported to a prison where the atmosphere changed completely. We were blindfolded, our hands were bound and we were forced up against a wall. Throughout our ordeal we faced constant psychological pressure.

Later we were stripped and then dressed in pyjamas. The next few nights were spent in stone cells, approximately 8ft by 6ft, sleeping on piles of blankets. All of us were kept in isolation.

In light of all of this, I ask: Where's the outrage!? - Where are the consequences for the Iranian regime!?

Once again, Iran does something outrageous to the West and gets away scott-free. Even all the blogs who lobbed heaps of criticism on the United States for supposed U.S. violations of the Geneva Conventions have been deafeningly silent on Iran's violations in this case.

The dramatic amount of outrage feigned by Capitol Hill over the U.S Attorney firings (political appointees being dismissed for political reasons?! (gasp!)) makes their relative silence on this embarrassing. The press release web page of my state's senior senator, Chuck Schumer, is filled with announcements about the attorney firings, pork he is bringing back to the New York, and even the Buffalo Bills, but has no mention about Iran's illegal behavior on this.


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