For those who remember the Iran hostage crisis during the Carter administration, the current standoff over 15 captured British sailors is bringing back familiar sights and feelings: Westerners paraded before cameras, threats of show trials, demands for apologies, etc.
The staged TV "confessions" and other stunts are a clear violation of prisoner treatment under the Geneva Conventions.
The situation is turning into a major test of wills that some fear could erupt in military conflict if either side miscalculates or makes a mistake.
Let’s hope this can be defused diplomatically.
But this incident once again underscores Iran’s cynicism and contempt for international norms, and illustrates why pursuing diplomacy with Iran isn’t an easy or certain course.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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