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Winston Churchill Lives

by @ 11:32 pm on March 29, 2007. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Iran

Tony Blair’s memo to the mullahs:

LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday that Britain would not negotiate over British sailors and marines held hostage by Iran. In an interview with ITV News, Blair again called for the unconditional return of the 15 Royal Navy personnel who were seized by Iranian authorities last week.


“The important thing for us is to get them back safe and sound, but we can’t enter into some basis of bargaining,” Blair said. “What you have to do when you are engaged with people like the Iranian regime, you have to keep explaining to them, very patiently, what it is necessary to do and at the same time make them fully aware there are further measures that will be taken if they’re not prepared to be reasonable.

“What you can’t do is end up negotiating over hostages; end up saying there’s some quid pro quo or tit for tat; that’s not acceptable,” he said.

It’s good to see that at least some people in Europe still have a backbone.

One Response to “Winston Churchill Lives”

  1. D.J. McGuire says:

    While Tony is striking the right chords here, I’ve followed his career (from afar, of course) for ten years.

    Churchill he ain’t.

    BTW, Bliar lost control of his own party on the 2003 vote to liberate Iraq. The only reason the Brits are there with us now is because the person who was then the leader of the opposition Conservatives also backed the war, and made sure the Tories voted for it.

    The guy we should be praising, we have instead chosen to forgot. His name is Iain Duncan Smith.

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