Friday, March 23, 2007

Iran Seizes Brit Marines: Shades of Mayaguez

Breaking news is that Iran has seized a group of UK Marines who were engaged in routine inspection duties in Iraqi waters in the volatile and strategic Persian Gulf.

We see this as a potential replay of the Mayaguez affair of 1975. In that instance, a group of Khmer Rouge forces, newly in power in Cambodia, seized an American ship and its crew. They were subsequently liberated by a contingent of US Marine volunteers, in what was certainly the most successful US military operation of the bleak 1970s.

It would appear that Iran, like its forebears in Cambodia, is seeking to assert its power on the world stage in order to mask the very real problems in domestic governance. We expect that the plucky Brits and their devoted American allies, a much more able force than even the potent group who liberated the Mayaguez, will again prevail if diplomacy proves unfruitful.

3 comments:

Guy named Courtney said...

This is quite interesting (even more interesting since I'm allowed to talk about this, due to this info being placed on open source, and I'll get the link up if I can before my next mission), due to the fact that the Iranians had made a statement 2-3 days before this happened, stating that they were going to seize foriegners.

Guy named Courtney said...
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Guy named Courtney said...

Lets try this again
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article1530527.ece

Hopefully it went through this time