I just got a store in the Ole Email box which shouldn’t be of much surprise.
When British Soldiers under a UN mandated Mission were seized in International Waters President Bush agreed to a hostage swap with the Iranians. And what came next is rather obvious
The Rest below the fold
BUSH FURY AT IRAN
BLASTS MULLAHS & DEMANDS FREEDOM FOR 4
By ANDY SOLTIS
June 2, 2007 — An angry President Bush yesterday turned up the heat on Iran, demanding the rogue nation immediately free four Iranian-Americans being held on trumped-up spying changes and possibly facing the death penalty.
The president also called on Iranian officials to come clean about a distinguished former New York FBI agent who mysteriously went missing in the country several weeks ago.
“I strongly condemn their detention at the hands of Iranian authorities,” Bush said in his first comments on the case.
They must be freed “immediately and unconditionally,” he said.
National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said Bush decided to speak out because the Americans had been detained for some time and then charged with espionage, “and that represented an escalation on the part of the Iranians.”
Iran’s conduct is not helpful in resolving outstanding disagreements over its nuclear program and its meddling inside Iraq, Hadley said.
The United States has denied that the four detainees are spies or employees of the U.S. government.
Iran accuses Washington of using intellectuals and others inside the country to undermine the fanatical Islamic regime through what it calls a “velvet revolution.”
A charge of spying could carry the death sentence under Iranian law.
The United States and Iran held their most high-profile talks in three decades in Baghdad on Monday. The sessions focused on Iraq’s sectarian violence and did not touch on issues like Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
The State Department on Thursday warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Iran, accusing its Islamic authorities of a “disturbing pattern” of harassment of Iranian-Americans.
The four detained scholars and activists are:
* Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East program at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.
* Kian Tajbakhsh, with George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
* Parnaz Azima, a journalist from the U.S.-funded Radio Farda.
* Ali Shakeri, a peace activist and founding board member at the University of California, Irvine, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding.
“These individuals have dedicated themselves to building bridges between the American and Iranian people, a goal the Iranian regime claims to support,” Bush said.
“Their presence in Iran – to visit their parents or to conduct humanitarian work – poses no threat.”
Bush also said he was “disturbed” by the fact that Iran has not provided information about ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran while on private business there in March.
“I call on Iran’s leaders to tell us what they know about his whereabouts,” the president said.
With Post Wire Services
Really so a Nation which directs terrorist operations in other countries has taken people Hostage contrary to the norms of Diplomacy
Their was a reason I was against the Iraq Surrender group for a reason. It was predicated on the false notion that the Iranian government was going to operate in an above board manner. The truth is their is lots of civil unrest going on in Iran (something you don’t hear through the drumbeat of the American media) and prominent American-Iranians especially ones from the groups mentioned given the current Climate in Iran were going to get pinched. Now they also got pinched when all the media was trying to shine a positive light on “warming” US and Iranian relations. Which goes towards the ultimate goals of the leadership faction in the Mullahocracy right now. The goals of goading the US into a war with Iran. Making it harder and harder the US government to try to move forward with peace.
We shouldn’t deal with other nations under this presumptions of rationality but instead should judge them based off of their goals. the Goals of the current regime faction in Iran is to torture, abuse, and kill anyone who could try to better their people. And to force a war where they become the revolutionary vanguard of “Islam” against “the west”
We should embrace that reality and bring the rest of the world to it