Greenwald on 15 British captured by Iran
One reason we should get out of Iraq is because our being creates numerous opportunities for this sort of thing to happen:
The ongoing presence of 150,000 troops in the middle of Iraq, under the direction of this administration, entails grave risk of escalation beyond Iraq, whether deliberately or unintentionally -- a fact that is almost completely ignored in our "debate" over whether to withdraw troops. The seizure this week of 15 British sailors by Iran illustrates how grave those risks are.The only third-party opinion as to whether the 15 British were in Iranian waters or not actually supports Iran's side of the story:
The Iraqi military commander of the country's territorial waters cast doubt on claims the Britons were in Iraqi waters.
"We were informed by Iraqi fishermen after they had returned from sea that there were British gunboats in an area that is out of Iraqi control," Brig. Gen. Hakim Jassim told AP Television News in the southern city of Basra. "We don't know why they were there. And these British troops were besieged by unknown gunboats, I don't know from where," he said.
Of course, I don't think the British government, the Iranian government, or the Iraqi government are particularly trustworthy in this situation. All could have reasons to lie. Greenwald notes that its a pretty sad state of affairs when Britain pits its word against Iran and you have to wonder who is telling the truth.
Greenwald is also talking about how the neocon warmongers are using this incident to push for an escalation with Iran. That is of course, highly predictable and sad. We should be trying to avoid war with Iran. What would "winning" such a war even look like?