Iran/UK Hostage Seizure Local Commander’s Decision, Not Tehran Gov’t; Blair Had to Stop

Brian Zick

Ewen MacAskill, Julian Borger, Michael Howard and John Hooper for The Guardian report: The US offered to take military action on behalf of the 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran, including buzzing Iranian Revolutionary Guard positions with warplanes, the Guardian has learned. (…) The British declined the offer and said the US could calm the situation by staying out of it. London also asked the US to tone down military exercises that were already under way in the Gulf. (…) The British government also asked the US administration from Mr Bush down to be cautious in its use of rhetoric, which was relatively restrained throughout. (…) With the crisis now over, a remarkable degree of consensus is emerging among British, Iranian and Iraqi officials about what happened over 13 nervous days - namely that the decision to seize the Britons was taken locally, and was not part of a grander scheme cooked up in Tehran. via smintheus at dailykos

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