Tuesday, June 22, 2004

The New Yorker and the captured British Commandos

The New Yorker and the captured British Commandos

This week the New Yorker published “The Kurdish Gambit” by Seymour M. Hersh. Papers all over the Middle East picked up this story that Israel was training Kurdish Commandos in Iraq and infiltrating them into Iran. The Jerusalem Post reported the story without question, which in many people’s eyes validated the facts entirely. So how does Iran respond to what is clearly Israeli aggression?

The first step is obviously to tighten up the border patrols. Enter the Royal British Navy puttering about in the Shatt al-Arab waterway on Iran’s border. Were they spying, infiltrating, maybe supply the Israeli backed commandos? Maybe they were just lost but it was the wrong day for fierce looking Navy Commandos to be in Iranian waters. When we look at the situation from the Iranian viewpoint what could they do but arrest the men. Over the weekend Seymour Hersh says Commandos are infiltrating Iran. The Jerusalem Post says Israel is sending Commandos into Iran. Commandos are arrested. Maybe the Coalition could arrange to seal the border against further Commando infiltrations and then I bet Iran would send those British sailors home.
Barry O'Connell

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