As a fair warning, I would like to tell my readers that this subject is most likely to bring up some controversy. Feel free to debateâ€¦you don t have to agree with me, but please respect my point of view. Thank you.
A few days ago, a 25 year old British woman was making the headlines of nearly all British media: Faye Turner captured by the Iranian folks, forced to wear a hijab and to write a letter for her government to apologize for entering illegally the Iranian waters.
She was mostly presented as a victim, a young mother torn apart from her little daughter, not feeling well in presence of all those evil Iranians.
Stopâ€¦you nearly made me cry with your fabricated sob storyâ€¦this was sarcasm, of course.
I wish the British government stopped being such hypocrites in their presentation of the facts. More strikingly, Tony Blair appears to be the biggest liar on earth, since it was found out that he even went that far to fabricate a fake map, just to prove that the Iranians were lying about the borders of their waters.
Non content to bring things as far as a big diplomatic incident, Bush also got involved, commenting the hostages capture as unacceptable.
Wow. How much stupid are the people who are supposed to lead our world?
First of all, I do think that the Iranian folks have all reasons to be angry, because of the illegal intrusion of British soldiers on their national waters. This is a breach of national sovereignty.
Secondly, even if it is never an enviable position for anybody to be someone else s hostage, I do consider that Faye and her fellows seemed to be treated in a fair way and respectfully. They had plenty of food to eat and despite the pressure anybody would feel in such an insecure situation, they all seemed to do rather well, given the circumstances.
Nobody seems to care when Iraqi prisoners get raped, mistreated, or murdered. Nobody gives a shit when American soldiers drop a Holy Quran in the toilets in order to humiliate the prisoners. Nobody feels concerned by the many Iraqi civilians loosing their lives.
Third, Faye has chosen to be a soldier. She is far away from her kid by her own choice. No need to waste tears about the consequences of her professional choice!
Now let s talk a little bit about the veil: why all the fuss about Faye wearing that veil?
If I went to a country such as Iran as a European woman, knowing that the practice and approach of the official religion is more fundamentalist here, I would wear one too, in order not to offend people s customs. People usually give you what they get from you. If you show respect, you get respect in return.
I don t really see where the big deal is. An attentive observer would take note that the young woman had half of her hair visible anyway.
The British government s arrogance against Iranian people is quite obvious. I keep asking myself why Blair is so hard in apologizing when he perfectly knows his country is in the wrong.
A sincere apology would have helped to get the prisoners released rapidly. Now they risk to get judged and to land up in jail. No need to complain about a diplomatic incident you created, Mr Blair.
At least, the 15 hostages apology for entering the Iranian water might allow a change in their dramatic situation and set them free, according to the latest news from Tehran.
I sincerely wished Bush and Blair realized that Iranians and Iraqis are free to auto determine their folks destiny.
I wish some people of good will stopped the Iraqi war too and sent all the foreign troops where they belong: home.
Maybe then we could have a better peace of mind and fear terrorist attacks less.
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