"Brutal" Iranians videotape military captives
Look, Iran is hardly a social-democratic paradise, and I reckon their miltary's kidnapping (not, I am pretty sure, "capture") of those British sailors and marines was for some sort of political statement, whether ill-advised or not.
But now they have broadcast a video of the kidnappees. And so out comes the appeal to standards of the Geneva Convention:
Before the video was broadcast, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair said any showing of British personnel on TV would be a breach of the Geneva Conventions.(Ignore the non sequitir from the Foreign Office for now.) Remember when we were told how "antiquated" those Geneva Conventions were? (Here, for example. I seem to recall that being an Abu Gonzales characterization, as well.) So long as we're straight:
"It's completely unacceptable for these pictures to be shown on television," the British Foreign Office said in a statement after the broadcast. "There is no doubt our personnel were seized in Iraqi territorial waters."
- waterboarding by us-- what Geneva Conventions?
- videotapes showing non-physically-mistreated prisoners by Iran-- bring on Nuremburg!
No, the Iranians are not in the right. But Tony the poodle should be talking to his leash-holder abut far more serious "breaches" and "complete unacceptabilities."