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BDS Canadian-style (update)
Posted by: McQ on Monday, April 02, 2007

Leave it to the Globe and Mail to figure out how to preemptively blame George Bush for any failure to gain the release of the British hostages being held by Iran:
But Britain's delicate diplomatic efforts were set back by U.S. President George W. Bush, who made a statement Saturday in which he characterized the imprisoned sailors as “hostages” — a phrase that Britain has been carefully avoiding to prevent the crisis from becoming a broader political or military conflict.
Bless their delicate diplomatic hearts. You see, here Britain is engaged in "confidence building operations" and old GW comes out and calls the hostages, well, hostages!
Officials in London said that they believe their “confidence-building” operations, in which they offer to guarantee the Iranian government that British vessels will not stray into Iranian waters, offer the best hope of winning the freedom of the sailors and marines who have been in custody since they were seized by Iran's Republican Guards on March 23. Iran says the sailors had strayed into Iranian waters. Britain says they remained in Iraqi waters, where they are allowed to operate in support of the war in Iraq.
IOW, they want to build Iranian confidence in a British promise that they won't stray into Iranian waters, even if they didn't stray into Iranian waters to begin with, if the Iranians will just let those hostages, er captives, er guests, go.

So how did W's words set all of this back:
“The British hostages issue is a serious issue because the Iranians took these people out of Iraqi waters, and it's inexcusable behaviour,” Mr. Bush said in response to a reporter's question during a press conference at the Camp David retreat.
Awful. Simply awful.

Oh, and how does the Globe and Mail refer to the Brits being held by the Iranians?
British negotiators believe the Iranians have already won all the rewards they have been seeking — mainly by using several of the hostages for propaganda purposes by broadcasting videos and letters in which they admit, possibly under duress, to trespassing on Iranian territory and demand that their government withdraw from Iraq.
Heh ... oops.

UPDATE: An "oops" of my own, I mistakenly titled the piece "BDS British-style" and then cited a Canadian paper. Eh, you all look alike to me.
 
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When did diplomats become stupid enough to believe that your enemy is saying exactly what they mean?

This is the most mystifying aspect of modern diplomacy to me. I suppose it’s part of the fundamentally racist nature of modern leftist thinking; only white people are evil and duplicitous, when anyone else speaks it is with the pure honest voice of a child. Or something like that.

I mean, the breathtaking level of naivety on display in those quotes just amazes me. This isn’t even a left/right issue; you don’t have to have a particular ideology to see that this issue goes well beyond the first-order effects. This isn’t about an error, this is about aggression, and your response to it. Only an idiot, of any ideology, would believe that this is at all about "straying into Iranian waters".

Come on, be more fair. You’re dealing with humans, just like you. If you can be evil and rapacious and duplicitous and oppressive and imperialistic and misogynistic and ideologically blinded, so can they.
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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Harsh language. Heh... all I could think of was this exchange from Aliens -
Gorman: Apone! Look... we can’t have any firing in there. I, uh... I want you to collect magazines from everybody.

Hudson: Is he f***in’ crazy?

Frost: What the hell are we supposed to use man? Harsh language?
Whatever happened to ’speaking truth to power’? I guess only when the ’power’ is Bush.
 
Written By: meagain
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Officials in London said that they believe their “confidence-building” operations, in which they offer to guarantee the Iranian government that British vessels will not stray into Iranian waters, offer the best hope of winning the freedom of the sailors and marines who have been in custody since they were seized by Iran’s Republican Guards on March 23.
Perhaps if the Brits pay Iran a dimmini tax, that would help as well . . .
 
Written By: Don
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Officials in London said that they believe their “confidence-building” operations, in which they offer to guarantee the Iranian government that British vessels will not stray into Iranian waters, offer the best hope of winning the freedom of the sailors and marines who have been in custody since they were seized by Iran’s Republican Guards on March 23
Erb would be proud.

In the meantime, can Iran give us a confidence-building guarantee that their soldiers won’t "stray" into Iraq?

There are consequences for being weak. Blair is going to find that out.
 
Written By: shark
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I had never heard of the Globe and Mail before so I had a look at their site. I noticed they were Canadian, so should your title not read:
"BDS-Canadian Style" ?
 
Written By: Kav
URL: http://livingrealworld.blogspot.com
There are consequences for being weak. Blair is going to find that out.


If we continue down the path taken by the Democrats in Congress we will also find out the consequences of being or seeming weak. It seems the Democratic party is representing those clamoring for a “One World Government” and not the American Public. Every time they have a choice between “What’s best for America” and “What’s best for Liberal ideology” they choose the latter.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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I had never heard of the Globe and Mail before so I had a look at their site.
Yep, they are a Toronto based paper.
 
Written By: cap joe
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I had never heard of the Globe and Mail before so I had a look at their site. I noticed they were Canadian, so should your title not read:
"BDS-Canadian Style" ?
Yes it should (and now does), and sorry about that Kav.

You know what they say about "assumption".
 
Written By: McQ
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UPDATE: An "oops" of my own, I mistakenly titled the piece "BDS British-style" and then cited a Canadian paper. Eh, you all look alike to me.
Check Drudge...looks like you were prescient after all
 
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