Thursday, April 05, 2007

Iran and the British sailors - my considerations

The grand theather is over. The captured British sailors are home. Meanwhile we have been "entertained" by videos and letters of confession from the sailors, produced and directed by Iran.

Now, it is obvious that the confessions were as phony as a three-dollar bill. Something is worrying about them, however. How is it that the Iranians got what they wanted to hear so easily? Admittedly, I don't know what these men(and woman) were through, but it doesn't seem to me they are physically hurt. As for psychological pressure, shouldn't they be, as military personel, trained to withstand it, at least up to a certain degree, as well as physical torture? I grew up on stories how the Gestapo had to use extremely brutal methods to get the information they needed and were quite often unsuccesful(and those stories are more or less confirmed by documents). If these 15 got caught back then seems to me they would have cracked from a mere sharp gaze by Reinchard Heydrich. Are those the people any country should assign it's security to?

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