Good news for the Brits that the Royal Marines and sailors are to be released today by the madmen in Iran. Ahmadinejad gave out medals to his men who captured the Brits, said it was a sign of weakness that the British government wouldn't apologize for committing the error of going into Iranian waters, then announced he would release the captive Brits as a special gift on the birthday of the prophet Mohammad. Yeah, he is quite the schizo.
I'm sure Tony Blair did the best he could. I'm glad he refused to acknowledge intrusion into Iranian waters when obviously that was not the case. I still think he blinked. This sort of episode will continue as Ahmadinejad wants the world to see him as a player.
Schools in England are now refusing to teach about the Holocaust and the Crusades, out of fear of 'offending' students. Unbelievable, isn't it? History is history. Soon England will be treated the same as France by the Muslims, as we see beginning already. Assimilation by immigrants is the only way to insure peaceful co-existence among people. This is how America became the great melting pot. This is why today people are still trying to get into America, not out of America.
If lessons are not learned from history, they will be repeated. Appeasement does not work. Short term results are for narrow visioned leaders. The easy way out no longer works in difficult circumstances. In recent history, we have the build up to the attacks of 9/11 as a reminder. Isolationism and turning a blind eye to growing threats don't work. What did Ahmadinejad say in his speech while releasing the hostages? He said Iran wants to work with all nations, except Israel.
Ahmadinejad is a holocaust denier. He was a young up and coming leader in Iran during the 444 day American hostage nightmare that Jimma Carter allowed. One of the hostages now lives in the town in Indiana where my mother in law lives, the hometown of my husband. He can tell you about the failures of appeasement from a very personal standpoint. He recognized the face of Ahmadinejad from the previous
And no, it is not America's fault that these hostages were taken. The blame rests on Ahmadinejad. Him alone. The canard that somehow this was retaliation for American soldiers taking prisoner the Iranians killing American soldiers in Iraq is laughable.
Cool heads and clear minds will be needed now more than ever.