April 6, 2007, - 10:50 am

Arab Nations See Brit Hostage Incident as Ahmadinejad Victory

The Arab nations of the world see the Ahmadinejad hostage standoff as a victory, claiming it shows that “diplomacy” works.
But does it show that at all? Not really. Ahmadinejad held hostages and then released them. What did he get out of it? Not much. So if you count that as a victory, then Israel should count its incursion into Lebanon as a victory. And it wasn’t that at all. The victory was in showing that both the U.S. and Britain are paper tigers. But we already knew that. Years of tiptoe-ing around Iraq and the rest of the Muslim World instead of showing them who means boss was a victory in and of itself. This is just a tiny episode of that larger pic.

On the other hand, a missing official from the Iranian embassy, Jalal Sharafi, in Iraq was mysteriously set free a/k/a released by U.S. officials–a decision made by the White House, reports the New York Sun. Mysteriously, right after that, the Brit sailors were released (in new suits). That’s hardly “diplomacy.” That’s called “negotiating with terrorists” and making deals with them. Don’t forget, Iran is on the State Department terrorist list. And making the U.S. deal with Islamic terrorists is, indeed, a victory for the Arabic world–a stupid victory we handed to them.
More on the Arab world’s assessment from the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire:

ARAB ENVOYS SAY IRAN WON the 13-day standoff over British sailors.
By releasing the Britons – smiling and dressed in new suits – President Ahmadinejad scored a propaganda coup. “He showed the world that Iran can be reasoned with, that confrontation is not the way to go,” says one Arab ambassador to Washington. “The U.S. would be wise to open up to Tehran,” says another. “The best way to shake things up would be to engage Iran.” Arab diplomats applaud House Speaker Pelosi’s Syria trip, saying it could help ease frictions between Washington and Damascus.
U.S. allies in the Gulf, while worried about Tehran, also tell the U.S. they won’t support a military campaign against Iran as debate bubbles within Bush administration over whether to conduct another Persian Gulf naval maneuver. The latest message comes from Bahrain, site of large U.S. naval fleet and home to a restive Shiite Muslim majority sympathetic toward Iran.

Sorry, but “engaging” Iran won’t do a damn thing. It’s what we’ve been trying to do for years, while they’ve been developing nuclear weapons. As for the “allies” in the Gulf, they never really support us, anyway. They are the same “allies” who enabled the 9/11 hijackers and then wouldn’t cooperate with our investigators. They’re the same “allies” that hate us but put up with us when there’s something in it for them.
If they are allies, who needs enemies?

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Debbie, I agree this was a victory for Iran and intransigent Arabs. They exposed Britain as a paper tiger, and showed the US was willing to negotiate over hostages. Iran seems to yank our chain with impunity.

Anonymous1 on April 6, 2007 at 11:18 am

I’ll give it to Ahmadinejad he’s got balls and he’s clever son of a bitch. This hostage situation was basically smoke screen. A strategic chess move. He made this move to divert the non-Islamic world’s attention off of Iran’s nuclear program and Iran’s true intent. He also wanted to test the reaction of America,Europe and the rest of the world by sticking his foot in the water so to speak. The World failed that test miserably because the EU showed that they have no balls no spine and America followed right behind them. Yes the sailors were returned but that was all apart of the plan. Ahmadinejad would have never put the sailors in any real harm because this was a world PR ploy. He made Europe and America look weak while bolstering his own (Iran’s)image and gaining the respect of almost every Muslim on the face of the Earth including the dictators. This a guy who is even more dangerous to the World’s security than ever before because now he knows that Europe and America are all bark no bite. With that said, I suppose Iran is on the brink of building nuclear weapons and there is nothing to stop them from doing it because our nation along with Europe chooses to let our enemies walk all over us. You give a bad/evil person enough “wedge room” they will slit your throat.

the_don on April 6, 2007 at 11:38 am

The kindest thing I can say about Bush is that he is an imbecile. He looks like a rag doll being jerked across the dance floor by Iran and the rest of the Middle East terrorist states. Hitler tested the waters. Ask the Brits about the benefits to caving in at first, a la Chamberlain. Ask the Roman generals how to fight, particularly when you are the only super power, which Rome at one point was, and for a very long time. They knocked the stuffing out of any country they chose. And were fully respected for their might.

Happiness Pursuer on April 6, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Of course the Arabs see the british sailor hostage case as a victory to Ahmadinejad. Did Tony Blaire think negotiating with terrorists over a cup of english tea would resolve and preclude more sailors from being abducted? Diplomacy is the mark of weakness in a leader and the arabs clearly see that in Tony Blaire.

Jew Chick on April 6, 2007 at 2:33 pm

Of course they see it as a victory. Who cares? I think the british should thanking the US publicly. The reason the hostages where released was because we put the USS Nimitz right up against their shores with a complete carrier battle group and practised 100 year old “gunboat diplomacy”. Anyone remember the American “exercise” last week? Any one who thinks he let them go without being scared of the results if he didn’t is either decieving themselves or stupid.

Will on April 6, 2007 at 9:51 pm

This began the day as a diplomatic disaster for Iran, ended with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad taking the initiative in at least partially restoring Iranís diplomatic reputation. Much more importantly (for him) he took the issue away from his bitter rival Ali Larijani. Thatís the real story here, Ahmadinejad came out of this looking stronger, but Larijani, who had hoped to use this windfall for his own personal gain, now looks weak and clumsy.
Good article in the Guardian about the nonsense written about Leading Seaman Faye Turney.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2051503 ,00.html

The Purple Cow on April 7, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Every time I see this picture of Ackma-nutjob (AKA Ackma-genocide) I hear this laughing snicker, “these guys are so fu__ing stupid!” –of course referring to us.

BB on April 7, 2007 at 5:09 pm

Will, you put a great deal of faith in U.S. muscle in the Persian gulf. I find it difficult to believe that the battle group in the guld had anything to do with the release…seriously what were we going to do attack Iran? That’s laughable.
I tend to agree with Happiness…the best thing I can say about Bush is that he is an imbecile…

chucker on April 10, 2007 at 2:02 pm

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